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
Nowotny, H. (2013). Preserve the European Research Council’s legacy. Nature 504, 189.
A journal article with 2 authors
DiNardo, S., and Braun, R. E. (2007). Developmental biology. Home for the precious few. Science 317, 1696–1697.
A journal article with 3 authors
Brohawn, S. G., Campbell, E. B., and MacKinnon, R. (2014). Physical mechanism for gating and mechanosensitivity of the human TRAAK K+ channel. Nature 516, 126–130.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Favors, Z., Wang, W., Bay, H. H., Mutlu, Z., Ahmed, K., Liu, C., et al. (2014). Scalable synthesis of nano-silicon from beach sand for long cycle life Li-ion batteries. Sci. Rep. 4, 5623.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Levander, C. F. (2013). Where is American Literature?. Oxford, UK: Wiley Blackwell.
An edited book
Huang, F., Finkelstein, M., and Rostan, M. eds. (2014). The Internationalization of the Academy: Changes, Realities and Prospects. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Hansson, S. O. (2014). “Agricultural Biotechnology for Health and the Environment,” in Biotechnology and Biodiversity Sustainable Development and Biodiversity., eds. M. R. Ahuja and K. G. Ramawat (Cham: Springer International Publishing), 67–76.

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
Taub, B. (2016). Oxytocin May Make You Better At Keeping A Beat. 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 (2004). Space Shuttle: Costs for Hubble Servicing Mission and Implementation of Safety Recommendations Not Yet Definitive. 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
Fine, J. G. (2017). Magical Transformation or Illusion of Grandeur: The Development of Downtown West Palm Beach, 1985-2015.

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
Barker, K., and Taylor, K. (2014). A Teacher Accused of Abuse Seen to Have Never Grown Up. New York Times, A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Nowotny, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (DiNardo and Braun, 2007; Nowotny, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (DiNardo and Braun, 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Favors et al., 2014)

About the journal

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

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