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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Plant Science. 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
Nadis, S. (2000). Top physicist crosses to Boston in search of like minds. Nature 404, 798.
A journal article with 2 authors
Vollmer, D., and Butt, H.-J. (2015). Materials science: Droplets leap into action. Nature 527, 41–42.
A journal article with 3 authors
Fiorillo, C. D., Tobler, P. N., and Schultz, W. (2003). Discrete coding of reward probability and uncertainty by dopamine neurons. Science 299, 1898–1902.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Kanamaru, S., Leiman, P. G., Kostyuchenko, V. A., Chipman, P. R., Mesyanzhinov, V. V., Arisaka, F., et al. (2002). Structure of the cell-puncturing device of bacteriophage T4. Nature 415, 553–557.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Weinberg, S. (2011). Cost-Contained Regulatory Compliance. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Somers, M. J., and Hayward, M. eds. (2012). Fencing for Conservation: Restriction of Evolutionary Potential or a Riposte to Threatening Processes?. New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Subrahmanyam, K., and Šmahel, D. (2011). “Constructing Identity Online: Identity Exploration and Self-Presentation,” in Digital Youth: The Role of Media in Development Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development., ed. D. Smahel (New York, NY: Springer), 59–80.

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 Science.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015). Is Hawking Any Closer To Solving The Puzzle Of Black Holes? IFLScience. Available at: https://www.iflscience.com/space/hawking-any-closer-solving-puzzle-black-holes/ [Accessed October 30, 2018].

Reports

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 (1983). Classification and Qualification Standards for the GS-1410 Library-Information Service Series. 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
Klimek, D. L. (2008). Antigone’s reach: A feminine model for today’s businesswoman.

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
Kenigsberg, B. (2017). Kekszakallu. New York Times, C9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Nadis, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Nadis, 2000; Vollmer and Butt, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Vollmer and Butt, 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Kanamaru et al., 2002)

About the journal

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

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