How to format your references using the Frontiers in Plant Proteomics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Plant Proteomics. For a complete guide how to prepare your manuscript refer to the journal's instructions to authors.

Using reference management software

Typically you don't format your citations and bibliography by hand. The easiest way is to use a reference manager:

PaperpileThe citation style is built in and you can choose it in Settings > Citation Style or Paperpile > Citation Style in Google Docs.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
Mendeley, Zotero, Papers, and othersThe style is either built in or you can download a CSL file that is supported by most references management programs.
BibTeXBibTeX syles are usually part of a LaTeX template. Check the instructions to authors if the publisher offers a LaTeX template for this journal.

Journal articles

Those examples are references to articles in scholarly journals and how they are supposed to appear in your bibliography.

Not all journals organize their published articles in volumes and issues, so these fields are optional. Some electronic journals do not provide a page range, but instead list an article identifier. In a case like this it's safe to use the article identifier instead of the page range.

A journal article with 1 author
Baron, N. (2010). Stand up for science. Nature 468, 1032–1033.
A journal article with 2 authors
Casali, A., and Struhl, G. (2004). Reading the Hedgehog morphogen gradient by measuring the ratio of bound to unbound Patched protein. Nature 431, 76–80.
A journal article with 3 authors
Gnone, G., Moriconi, T., and Gambini, G. (2006). Sleep behaviour: activity and sleep in dolphins. Nature 441, E10-1; discussion E11.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Chen, J., Ng, J., Ding, K., Fung, K. H., Lin, Z., and Chan, C. T. (2014). Negative optical torque. Sci. Rep. 4, 6386.

Books and book chapters

Here are examples of references for authored and edited books as well as book chapters.

An authored book
Meyr, H., Moeneclaey, M., and Fechtel, S. A. (2001). Digital Communication Receivers: Synchronization, Channel Estimation, and Signal Processing. New York, USA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Kim, T.-H., Lee, Y.-H., and Fang, W.-C. eds. (2012). Future Generation Information Technology: 4th International Conference, FGIT 2012, Gangneug, Korea, December 16-19, 2012. Proceedings. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Marroquín, C., Gaviria, M., and Mejía-Gutiérrez, R. (2016). “Ergonomic Considerations in Product Design Through PLM Technologies,” in Product Lifecycle Management for Digital Transformation of Industries: 13th IFIP WG 5.1 International Conference, PLM 2016, Columbia, SC, USA, July 11-13, 2016, Revised Selected Papers IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology., eds. R. Harik, L. Rivest, A. Bernard, B. Eynard, and A. Bouras (Cham: Springer International Publishing), 32–42.

Web sites

Sometimes references to web sites should appear directly in the text rather than in the bibliography. Refer to the Instructions to authors for Frontiers in Plant Proteomics.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015). Look, Your Eyes Are Wired Backwards: Here’s Why. IFLScience. Available at: [Accessed October 30, 2018].


This example shows the general structure used for government reports, technical reports, and scientific reports. If you can't locate the report number then it might be better to cite the report as a book. For reports it is usually not individual people that are credited as authors, but a governmental department or agency like "U. S. Food and Drug Administration" or "National Cancer Institute".

Government report
Government Accountability Office (2002). Weekend Settlement: Potential Benefits, Costs, and Legal Issues. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Duffy, B. (2012). Analytical Methods and Perturbation Theory for the Elliptic Restricted Three-Body Problem of Astrodynamics.

News paper articles

Unlike scholarly journals, news papers do not usually have a volume and issue number. Instead, the full date and page number is required for a correct reference.

New York Times article
Smith, M. (2014). A Kansas Town Rallies for a Modest Lifeline: A Local Grocery Store. New York Times, A10.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Baron, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Casali and Struhl, 2004; Baron, 2010).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Casali and Struhl, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Chen et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleFrontiers in Plant Proteomics
AbbreviationFront. Plant Sci.
ISSN (online)1664-462X
ScopePlant Science

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