How to format your references using the Frontiers in Psychopathology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Psychopathology. 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
Smaglik, P. (2002). Grappling for grants. Nature 419, 3.
A journal article with 2 authors
Thomas, C. D., and Williamson, M. (2012). Extinction and climate change. Nature 482, E4-5; author reply E5-6.
A journal article with 3 authors
Cook, D. J., Teves, L., and Tymianski, M. (2012). Treatment of stroke with a PSD-95 inhibitor in the gyrencephalic primate brain. Nature 483, 213–217.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Zhou, J., Zhang, H., Meng, H., Zhu, Y., Bao, G., Zhang, Y., et al. (2014). Discovery of a super-strong promoter enables efficient production of heterologous proteins in cyanobacteria. Sci. Rep. 4, 4500.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Biswas, S., Ray, P., and Chakrabarti, B. K. (2015). Statistical Physics of Fracture, Breakdown, and Earthquake. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Hodler, J., Zollikofer, C. L., and Schulthess, G. K. von eds. (2005). Musculoskeletal Diseases: Diagnostic Imaging and Interventional Techniques. Milano: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Kammer, J. A. (2014). “Ciliary Body as a Therapeutic Target,” in Surgical Innovations in Glaucoma, eds. J. R. Samples and I. I. K. Ahmed (New York, NY: Springer), 45–59.

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 Psychopathology.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015). Check Out These Spectacular New Images Of Pluto. IFLScience. Available at: https://www.iflscience.com/space/check-out-these-spectacular-new-images-pluto/ [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 (2005). Air Traffic Control: Preliminary Observations on Commercialized Air Navigation Service Providers. 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
Mukherjee, N. (2003). Development of High Sensitivity Bending Mode Polymer Piezoelectric Devices for Inner Ear Implantation.

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
Brantley, B. (2017). An Everyman in Crisis. New York Times, C1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Smaglik, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Smaglik, 2002; Thomas and Williamson, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Thomas and Williamson, 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Zhou et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleFrontiers in Psychopathology
AbbreviationFront. Psychol.
ISSN (online)1664-1078
ScopeGeneral Psychology

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