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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Sociology. 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
Klug, D. D. (2001). Thermodynamics. Glassy Water. Science 294, 2305–2306.
A journal article with 2 authors
Klironomos, J. N., and Hart, M. M. (2001). Food-web dynamics. Animal nitrogen swap for plant carbon. Nature 410, 651–652.
A journal article with 3 authors
Merz, A. J., So, M., and Sheetz, M. P. (2000). Pilus retraction powers bacterial twitching motility. Nature 407, 98–102.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Langer, F., Schmid, C. P., Schlauderer, S., Gmitra, M., Fabian, J., Nagler, P., et al. (2018). Lightwave valleytronics in a monolayer of tungsten diselenide. Nature 557, 76–80.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Matthews, G. A. (2015). Pesticides. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Fukś, H., Lukosch, S., and Salgado, A. C. eds. (2005). Groupware: Design, Implementation, and Use: 11th International Workshop, CRIWG 2005, Porto de Galinhas, Brazil, September 25-29, 2005. Proceedings. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Zhao, Z., and Sun, S. (2012). “6-DOF Robot Kinematics Analysis and PTP Motion Control Study Based on Matlab,” in Advances in Mechanical and Electronic Engineering: Volume 1 Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering., eds. D. Jin and S. Lin (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer), 21–26.

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 Sociology.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2015). Researchers Discover New Critters Who Feed on Human Corpses. 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 (1986). Telephone Communications: Bypass of the Local Telephone Companies. 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
Christiansen, D. A. (2012). Investigation of magnetic proximity effect in ferromagnet/superconductor thin films by low temperature Magneto Optical Kerr Effect measurement.

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
Capecchi, C., and Williams, T. (2011). Helicopter Crash Victims Named. New York Times, A13.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Klug, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Klironomos and Hart, 2001; Klug, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Klironomos and Hart, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Langer et al., 2018)

About the journal

Full journal titleFrontiers in Sociology
AbbreviationFront. Sociol.
ISSN (online)2297-7775

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