How to format your references using the Frontiers in Respiratory Pharmacology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Respiratory Pharmacology. 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
Cravens, T. E. (2002). X-ray emission from comets. Science 296, 1042–1045.
A journal article with 2 authors
Brown, M. E., and Schaller, E. L. (2007). The mass of dwarf planet Eris. Science 316, 1585.
A journal article with 3 authors
Schuck, C., Pernice, W. H. P., and Tang, H. X. (2013). Waveguide integrated low noise NbTiN nanowire single-photon detectors with milli-Hz dark count rate. Sci. Rep. 3, 1893.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Wood, J. G., Rogina, B., Lavu, S., Howitz, K., Helfand, S. L., Tatar, M., et al. (2004). Sirtuin activators mimic caloric restriction and delay ageing in metazoans. Nature 430, 686–689.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hopkins, B. R. (2012). Starting and Managing a Nonprofit Organization. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Ahonen, P. (2010). Safeguards in a World of Ambient Intelligence. , eds. P. Alahuhta, B. Daskala, S. Delaitre, P. D. Hert, R. Lindner, I. Maghiros, et al. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Liu, L., Fieguth, P., Wang, X., Pietikäinen, M., and Hu, D. (2016). “Evaluation of LBP and Deep Texture Descriptors with a New Robustness Benchmark,” in Computer Vision – ECCV 2016: 14th European Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, October 11-14, 2016, Proceedings, Part III Lecture Notes in Computer Science., eds. B. Leibe, J. Matas, N. Sebe, and M. Welling (Cham: Springer International Publishing), 69–86.

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 Respiratory Pharmacology.

Blog post
Evans, K. (2017). Millions Of Donkeys Slaughtered For Skins As Demand Rises For Traditional Chinese Medicine. 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 (2003). Special Education: Numbers of Formal Disputes Are Generally Low and States Are Using Mediation and Other Strategies to Resolve Conflicts. 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
Spotts, S. L. (2017). A Comparative Analysis of Missouri Elementary School Arts Curriculums.

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
Kelly, K. (2007). Keep ’Em Coming. New York Times, A23.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Cravens, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Cravens, 2002; Brown and Schaller, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Brown and Schaller, 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Wood et al., 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleFrontiers in Respiratory Pharmacology
AbbreviationFront. Pharmacol.
ISSN (online)1663-9812
ScopePharmacology (medical)

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