How to format your references using the Frontiers in Striated Muscle Physiology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Striated Muscle Physiology. 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
Davis, M. E. (2002). Ordered porous materials for emerging applications. Nature 417, 813–821.
A journal article with 2 authors
Koren, I., and Kimchi, A. (2012). Cell biology. Promoting tumorigenesis by suppressing autophagy. Science 338, 889–890.
A journal article with 3 authors
Cherry, J. L., Adler, F. R., and Johnson, K. P. (2002). Islands, equilibria, and speciation. Science 296, 975.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Li, J., Liu, M., Zong, J., Tan, P., Wang, J., Wang, X., et al. (2014). Genetic variations in IL1A and IL1RN are associated with the risk of preeclampsia in Chinese Han population. Sci. Rep. 4, 5250.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Stacey, W. M. (2012). Fusion Plasma Physics. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Ahmad, A. ed. (2013). Breast Cancer Metastasis and Drug Resistance: Progress and Prospects. New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Welfens, P. J. J., Perret, J. K., Irawan, T., and Yushkova, E. (2016). “The Methodology of the EIIW-vita Indicator,” in Towards Global Sustainability: Issues, New Indicators and Economic Policy, eds. J. K. Perret, T. Irawan, and E. Yushkova (Cham: Springer International Publishing), 57–75.

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 Striated Muscle Physiology.

Blog post
Evans, K. (2017). An Active Sex Life Helps You Perform Better At Work, Too. 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 (2006). Natural Gas Pipeline Safety: Risk-Based Standards Should Allow Operators to Better Tailor Reassessments to Pipeline Threats. 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
Baugh, J. B. (2008). Deregulation and management strategies: A case study of Georgia System Operations Corporation.

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
Tierney, J. (2017). Easy Ways to Mend Your Marriage. New York Times, D4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Davis, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Davis, 2002; Koren and Kimchi, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Koren and Kimchi, 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Li et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleFrontiers in Striated Muscle Physiology
AbbreviationFront. Physiol.
ISSN (online)1664-042X
Physiology (medical)

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