How to format your references using the Frontiers in Systems and Translational Endocrinology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Systems and Translational Endocrinology. 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
Ober, C. K. (2002). Self-assembly. Persistence pays off. Science 296, 859–861.
A journal article with 2 authors
Schoelkopf, R. J., and Girvin, S. M. (2008). Wiring up quantum systems. Nature 451, 664–669.
A journal article with 3 authors
Zhang, X., Zhu, Y., and Granick, S. (2002). Hydrophobicity at a Janus interface. Science 295, 663–666.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Goodman, R. P., Schaap, I. A. T., Tardin, C. F., Erben, C. M., Berry, R. M., Schmidt, C. F., et al. (2005). Rapid chiral assembly of rigid DNA building blocks for molecular nanofabrication. Science 310, 1661–1665.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Russell, L. C. R., Hodgetts, C. T. J., Mahoney, C. P. F., and Castle, N. (2010). Disaster Rules. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Baas, N., Friedlander, E. M., Jahren, B., and Østvær, P. A. eds. (2009). Algebraic Topology: The Abel Symposium 2007. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Barbuti, P. A. (2014). “Stem Cell Therapy for Neurological Disorders: From Bench to Bedside,” in Stem Cell Therapy for Organ Failure, ed. I. Somasundaram (New Delhi: Springer India), 41–70.

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 Systems and Translational Endocrinology.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2014). Glow-in-the-Dark Roads Now a Reality. 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 (2015). Space Situational Awareness: Status of Efforts and Planned Budgets. 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
Bartaula, B. (2017). Stand Level Growth and Survival Equations for Cutover Sites Loblolly Pine Plantations in the Mid-Gulf Region of Southern United States.

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
Hollander, S. (1999). Cadets Can’t Catch Cougars. New York Times, 811.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Thorpe, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Dobson, 2004; Maxmen, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Schoelkopf and Girvin, 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Hart et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleFrontiers in Systems and Translational Endocrinology
AbbreviationFront. Endocrinol. (Lausanne)
ISSN (online)1664-2392

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