How to format your references using the Frontiers in Plant Traffic and Transport citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Plant Traffic and Transport. 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
Service, R. F. (2000). CHEMICAL PHYSICS: Magnetic Wires Promise Giant Step for Memory. Science 290, 2047a–8a.
A journal article with 2 authors
Aeppli, G., and Soh, Y. A. (2001). Physics Quantum criticality in a clean metal. Science 294, 315–316.
A journal article with 3 authors
Mackenzie, R. B., Dewberry, C. T., and Leopold, K. R. (2015). SULFUR CHEMISTRY. Gas phase observation and microwave spectroscopic characterization of formic sulfuric anhydride. Science 349, 58–61.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Chao, W., Huynh, K. D., Spencer, R. J., Davidow, L. S., and Lee, J. T. (2002). CTCF, a candidate trans-acting factor for X-inactivation choice. Science 295, 345–347.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
French, B. A. (2016). Chronicles Through the Centuries. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Csurka, G., Kraus, M., Mestetskiy, L., Richard, P., and Braz, J. eds. (2013). Computer Vision, Imaging and Computer Graphics. Theory and Applications: International Joint Conference, VISIGRAPP 2011, Vilamoura, Portugal, March 5-7, 2011. Revised Selected Papers. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Kuroki, Y., Uraoka, T., and Wolkersdörfer, G. W. (2014). “High-Resolution Endoscopic Ultrasound: Clinical T-Staging of Mucosal Neoplasms,” in Early Neoplasias of the Gastrointestinal Tract: Endoscopic Diagnosis and Therapeutic Decisions, eds. F. Berr, T. Oyama, T. Ponchon, and N. Yahagi (Boston, MA: Springer US), 71–82.

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 Traffic and Transport.

Blog post
Evans, K. (2016). US Surgeon General Says Drug Addiction Is A Disease And Should Be Treated As Any Other. 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 (2008). Higher Education: United States’ and Other Countries’ Strategies for Attracting and Funding International Students. 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
Hrivnak, G. A. (2009). Extending a model of leader -member exchange development: Individual and dyadic effects of personality, similarity and liking.

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
Gorman, J. (2016). When Tickled, Rats Giggle and Leap, Researchers Find. New York Times, A12.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Service, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Service, 2000; Aeppli and Soh, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Aeppli and Soh, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Chao et al., 2002)

About the journal

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

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