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
Clayton, J. (2010). The promise of T. cruzi genomics. Nature 465, S16-7.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kim, E., and Chan, M. H. W. (2004). Probable observation of a supersolid helium phase. Nature 427, 225–227.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hess, K. L., Corda, C. J., and Lanese, K. M. (2011). SPORE series winner. Science Buddies: advancing informal science education. Science 332, 550–551.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Kambris, Z., Cook, P. E., Phuc, H. K., and Sinkins, S. P. (2009). Immune activation by life-shortening Wolbachia and reduced filarial competence in mosquitoes. Science 326, 134–136.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hogan, K. (2008). The Secret Language of Business. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Schroeder, A., and Willert, C. E. eds. (2008). Particle Image Velocimetry: New Developments and Recent Applications. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Park, Y. A., Karadkar, U., and Furuta, R. (2010). “Component-Based Authoring of Complex, Petri net-based Digital Library Infrastructure,” in Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries: 14th European Conference, ECDL 2010, Glasgow, UK, September 6-10, 2010. Proceedings Lecture Notes in Computer Science., eds. M. Lalmas, J. Jose, A. Rauber, F. Sebastiani, and I. Frommholz (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer), 22–29.

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. (2014). Quadriplegic Man Uses Thoughts To Move His Limb. 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 (1997). Multiple Launch Rocket System: Range Less Than Needed and Sustained Rocket Production Not Ensured. 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
McCarty, A. (2012). Measuring the impact of training in the implementation of project management information systems.

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
Eligon, J. (2017). Protests Start a Dialogue, But About What, Exactly? New York Times, A14.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Clayton, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Clayton, 2010; Kim and Chan, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Kim and Chan, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Kambris et al., 2009)

About the journal

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

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