How to format your references using the Frontiers in Spinal Cord Medicine citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Spinal Cord Medicine. 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
Weydt, P. (2000). Biomedical centre memorial to victims of Nazi research. Nature 403, 816.
A journal article with 2 authors
Minke, B., and Peters, M. (2011). Cell biology. Rhodopsin as thermosensor? Science 331, 1272–1273.
A journal article with 3 authors
Giannini, A., Saravanan, R., and Chang, P. (2003). Oceanic forcing of Sahel rainfall on interannual to interdecadal time scales. Science 302, 1027–1030.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Roos-Serote, M., Vasavada, A. R., Kamp, L., Drossart, P., Irwin, P., Nixon, C., et al. (2000). Proximate humid and dry regions in Jupiter’s atmosphere indicate complex local meteorology. Nature 405, 158–160.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Godula-Jopek, A., Jehle, W., and Wellnitz, J. (2012). Hydrogen Storage Technologies. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Clauss, M., and Breier, G. eds. (2005). Mechanisms of Angiogenesis. Basel: Birkhäuser.
A chapter in an edited book
Xu, X.-J., Hökfelt, T., and Wiesenfeld-Hallin, Z. (2010). “Galanin and Spinal Pain Mechanisms: Past, Present, and Future,” in Galanin Experientia Supplementum., ed. T. Hökfelt (Basel: Springer), 39–50.

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 Spinal Cord Medicine.

Blog post
O`Callaghan, J. (2016). Earth’s Deepest Water May Be 1,000 Kilometers Below The Surface. IFLScience.


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 (2016). Intellectual Property: Patent Office Should Define Quality, Reassess Incentives, and Improve Clarity. 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
Lansdon, J. (2010). A policy analysis of California’s three strikes law of 1994.

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
Pilon, M. (2013). New York City Marathon to Have Tighter Security. New York Times, B12.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Weydt, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Weydt, 2000; Minke and Peters, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Minke and Peters, 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Roos-Serote et al., 2000)

About the journal

Full journal titleFrontiers in Spinal Cord Medicine
AbbreviationFront. Neurol.
ISSN (online)1664-2295
ScopeClinical Neurology

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