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
Zeilinger, A. (2000). The quantum centennial. Nature 408, 639–641.
A journal article with 2 authors
Medlock, J., and Galvani, A. P. (2009). Optimizing influenza vaccine distribution. Science 325, 1705–1708.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yi-Xiang, Y., Ye, J., and Liu, W.-M. (2013). Goldstone and Higgs modes of photons inside a cavity. Sci. Rep. 3, 3476.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Nitta, R., Kikkawa, M., Okada, Y., and Hirokawa, N. (2004). KIF1A alternately uses two loops to bind microtubules. Science 305, 678–683.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Giesbrecht, F. G., and Gumpertz, M. L. (2005). Planning, Construction, and Statistical Analysis of Comparative Experiments: Giesbrecht/Comparative Experiments. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Rodríguez-Merchán, E. C. ed. (2015). Joint Surgery in the Adult Patient with Hemophilia. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Trüper, H. G., and Schleifer, K. H. (2006). “Prokaryote Characterization and Identification,” in The Prokaryotes: Volume 1: Symbiotic associations, Biotechnology, Applied Microbiology, eds. M. Dworkin, S. Falkow, E. Rosenberg, K.-H. Schleifer, and E. Stackebrandt (New York, NY: Springer), 58–79.

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. (2014). The Most Horrifying (And Awesome) Creepy-Crawlies In The World. IFLScience.


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 (2010). Charter Schools: Education Could Do More to Assist Charter Schools with Applying for Discretionary Grants. 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
Bonilla, E. (2017). Parental Employment Status and Child Feeding Practices Among African American and Latina Adolescent Girls.

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
Feeney, K. (2008). Hearty, and Classic, Favorites. New York Times, NJ9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Zeilinger, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Medlock and Galvani, 2009; Zeilinger, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Medlock and Galvani, 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Nitta et al., 2004)

About the journal

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

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