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
Schoof, C. (2010). Ice-sheet acceleration driven by melt supply variability. Nature 468, 803–806.
A journal article with 2 authors
Mears, C. A., and Wentz, F. J. (2005). The effect of diurnal correction on satellite-derived lower tropospheric temperature. Science 309, 1548–1551.
A journal article with 3 authors
Liu, M., Johnston, M. B., and Snaith, H. J. (2013). Efficient planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells by vapour deposition. Nature 501, 395–398.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Rodewald, H. R., Paul, S., Haller, C., Bluethmann, H., and Blum, C. (2001). Thymus medulla consisting of epithelial islets each derived from a single progenitor. Nature 414, 763–768.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Berg, M. C. (2000). The Fourier-Analytic Proof of Quadratic Reciprocity. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Klieman, A. ed. (2015). Great Powers and Geopolitics: International Affairs in a Rebalancing World. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Libkin, L. (2007). “Embedded Finite Models and Constraint Databases,” in Finite Model Theory and Its Applications Texts in Theoretical Computer Science an EATCS Series., eds. P. G. Kolaitis, L. Libkin, M. Marx, J. Spencer, M. Y. Vardi, Y. Venema, et al. (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer), 257–337.

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
Andrew, E. (2015). Pregnant Women Taking Antidepressants Shouldn’t Panic About Birth Defect Claims. 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 (1998). Balancing Flexibility and Accountability: Grant Program Design in Education and Other Areas. 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
Szurgyi, A. A. (2012). Leadership competencies required of Army officers to counter the Improvised Explosive Device threat.

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. (2017). A Deep Dive for Living Treasure. New York Times, D2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Schoof, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Mears and Wentz, 2005; Schoof, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Mears and Wentz, 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Rodewald et al., 2001)

About the journal

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

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