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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Schizophrenia. 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
Livio, M. (2013). Lab life: don’t bristle at blunders. Nature 497, 309–310.
A journal article with 2 authors
Partridge, L., and Gems, D. (2002). A lethal side-effect. Nature 418, 921.
A journal article with 3 authors
Davidson, E. M., Frothingham, R., and Cook-Deegan, R. (2007). Science and security. Practical experiences in dual-use review. Science 316, 1432–1433.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Zhou, X., Ling, X., Zhang, Z., Luo, H., and Wen, S. (2014). Observation of spin Hall effect in photon tunneling via weak measurements. Sci. Rep. 4, 7388.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bahgat, G. (2011). Energy Security. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Gelbukh, A. ed. (2012). Computational Linguistics and Intelligent Text Processing: 13th International Conference, CICLing 2012, New Delhi, India, March 11-17, 2012, Proceedings, Part I. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Sun, Y., Nishida, T., and Thompson, S. E. (2010). “Band Structures of Strained Semiconductors,” in Strain Effect in Semiconductors: Theory and Device Applications, eds. S. E. Thompson and T. Nishida (Boston, MA: Springer US), 51–135.

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 Schizophrenia.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015). Insecticide-Drenched Nets Could Have Encouraged The Emergence Of Resistant Hybrid “Super” Mosquitoes. 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 (1980). Survey of the Readiness of Minuteman Missiles. 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
Taaz, Z. (2017). Boiler automation and monitoring of temperature and steam flow using Simulink.

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
Saslow, L. (2007). Oyster Bay Villages Create 2 Emergency Centers. New York Times, 14LI2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Livio, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Partridge and Gems, 2002; Livio, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Partridge and Gems, 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Zhou et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleFrontiers in Schizophrenia
AbbreviationFront. Psychiatry
ISSN (online)1664-0640
ScopePsychiatry and Mental health

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