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
Beckley, C. (2004). Biotech business Down Under. Nature 429, 5–9.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sato, T., and Clevers, H. (2013). Growing self-organizing mini-guts from a single intestinal stem cell: mechanism and applications. Science 340, 1190–1194.
A journal article with 3 authors
Huxter, J., Burgess, N., and O’Keefe, J. (2003). Independent rate and temporal coding in hippocampal pyramidal cells. Nature 425, 828–832.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Reddy, R. A., Zhu, C., Shao, R., Korblova, E., Gong, T., Shen, Y., et al. (2011). Spontaneous ferroelectric order in a bent-core smectic liquid crystal of fluid orthorhombic layers. Science 332, 72–77.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
McMaster, M. C. (2005). LC/MS. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Dash, S. S., Bhaskar, M. A., Panigrahi, B. K., and Das, S. eds. (2016). Artificial Intelligence and Evolutionary Computations in Engineering Systems: Proceedings of ICAIECES 2015. 1st ed. 2016. New Delhi: Springer India.
A chapter in an edited book
Cheng, Z. (2008). “New Chaos Produced from Synchronization of Chaotic Neural Networks,” in Advances in Neural Networks - ISNN 2008: 5th International Symposium on Neural Networks, ISNN 2008, Beijing, China, September 24-28, 2008, Proceedings, Part I Lecture Notes in Computer Science., eds. F. Sun, J. Zhang, Y. Tan, J. Cao, and W. Yu (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer), 40–46.

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
Luntz, S. (2014). The Invisible Beauty of Wireless Networks. 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 (1990). Information Resources: Problems Persist in Justice’s ADP Management and Operations. 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
Oakes, A. C. (2006). States in Crisis: How Governments Respond to Domestic Unrest.

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
Koblin, J. (2017). Patriots’ Super Bowl Victory Features a Big Comeback, Just Not for N.F.L. Ratings. New York Times, B3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Beckley, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Beckley, 2004; Sato and Clevers, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Sato and Clevers, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Reddy et al., 2011)

About the journal

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

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