How to format your references using the Frontiers in Technical Advances in Plant Science citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Technical Advances in Plant Science. 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
Clarke, T. (2003). Infection risk puts the brakes on Canada’s biomedical research. Nature 422, 652.
A journal article with 2 authors
Moore, W. B., and Webb, A. A. G. (2013). Heat-pipe Earth. Nature 501, 501–505.
A journal article with 3 authors
Stratton, M. R., Campbell, P. J., and Futreal, P. A. (2009). The cancer genome. Nature 458, 719–724.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Raza, Z., Errea, I., Oganov, A. R., and Saitta, A. M. (2014). Novel superconducting skutterudite-type phosphorus nitride at high pressure from first-principles calculations. Sci. Rep. 4, 5889.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
van der Heide, P. (2014). Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Qin, L., Genant, H. K., Griffith, J. F., and Leung, K. S. eds. (2007). Advanced Bioimaging Technologies in Assessment of the Quality of Bone and Scaffold Materials: Techniques and Applications. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Hazzan, O., and Dubinsky, Y. (2008). “Time Time Time,” in Agile Software Engineering Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science., ed. Y. Dubinsky (London: Springer), 1–22.

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 Technical Advances in Plant Science.

Blog post
Davis, J. (2016). “Rivers In The Sky” Could Cause Some Species To Go Extinct. 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 (2001). Aviation Competition: Restricting Airline Ticketing Rules Unlikely to Help Consumers. 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
Hutter-Thomas, S. (2017). Sociocultural Evolution: An Examination of Unorthodox Elective Body Modification.

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
Nir, S. M., and Barron, J. (2017). Relief and Trepidation as Ride-Hailing Services Become Legal Across New York. New York Times, A18.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Clarke, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Clarke, 2003; Moore and Webb, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Moore and Webb, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Raza et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleFrontiers in Technical Advances in Plant Science
AbbreviationFront. Plant Sci.
ISSN (online)1664-462X
ScopePlant Science

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