How to format your references using the Frontiers in Research Metrics and Analytics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Research Metrics and Analytics. 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
Weiss BP. Planetary science. A vitrage of asteroid magnetism. Science (2012) 338:897–898.
A journal article with 2 authors
Beasley AJ, Schreier EJ. Astronomy: The United States must rejoin the SKA. Nature (2012) 489:363.
A journal article with 3 authors
Furuya T, Kamlet AS, Ritter T. Catalysis for fluorination and trifluoromethylation. Nature (2011) 473:470–477.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Chen B-F, Suen Y-K, Gu S, Li L, Chan W-Y. A miR-199a/miR-214 self-regulatory network via PSMD10, TP53 and DNMT1 in testicular germ cell tumor. Sci Rep (2014) 4:6413.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Polushkin V. Nuclear Electronics. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd (2005).
An edited book
Stein-Wexler R, Wootton-Gorges SL, Ozonoff MB eds. Pediatric Orthopedic Imaging. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer (2015).
A chapter in an edited book
Król DJ, Wymysłowski A, Allaf KN. “Analysis of the Adhesion Work with a Molecular Modeling Method and a Wetting Angle Measurement,” in Molecular Modeling and Multiscaling Issues for Electronic Material Applications: Volume 2, eds. A. Wymyslowski, N. Iwamoto, M. Yuen, H. Fan (Cham: Springer International Publishing), 67–79.

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 Research Metrics and Analytics.

Blog post
Andrew E. When Should You Take Antibiotics? IFLScience (2015) 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. Educational Programs in the Public Schools of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office (1970).

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Gravano A. Turn-taking and affirmative cue words in task-oriented dialogue. (2009)

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
Wagner J. Dodgers’ Late-Inning Gamble Backfires in Cubs’ Timely Grand Slam. New York Times (2016)SP2.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (1).
This sentence cites two references (1,2).
This sentence cites four references (1–4).

About the journal

Full journal titleFrontiers in Research Metrics and Analytics
AbbreviationFront. Res. Metr. Anal.
ISSN (online)2504-0537

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