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
Lloyd, S. (2012). Physics. Quantum procrastination. Science 338, 621–622.
A journal article with 2 authors
Smith, I. B., and Holt, J. W. (2010). Onset and migration of spiral troughs on Mars revealed by orbital radar. Nature 465, 450–453.
A journal article with 3 authors
Cook, R. L., Martin, P. J., and Geremia, J. M. (2007). Optical coherent state discrimination using a closed-loop quantum measurement. Nature 446, 774–777.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
O’Sullivan, M. C., Sprafke, J. K., Kondratuk, D. V., Rinfray, C., Claridge, T. D. W., Saywell, A., et al. (2011). Vernier templating and synthesis of a 12-porphyrin nano-ring. Nature 469, 72–75.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Taylor, B. (2005). Effective Environmental, Health, and Safety Management Using the Team Approach. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Di Saverio, S., Tugnoli, G., Catena, F., Ansaloni, L., and Naidoo, N. eds. (2014). Trauma Surgery: Volume 1: Trauma Management, Trauma Critical Care, Orthopaedic Trauma and Neuro-Trauma. Milano: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Buttyán, L., Holczer, T., and Schaffer, P. (2005). “Spontaneous Cooperation in Multi-domain Sensor Networks,” in Security and Privacy in Ad-hoc and Sensor Networks: Second European Workshop, ESAS 2005, Visegrad, Hungary, July 13-14, 2005. Revised Selected Papers Lecture Notes in Computer Science., eds. R. Molva, G. Tsudik, and D. Westhoff (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer), 42–53.

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
Hamilton, K. (2016). Forensic Breakthrough? Study Suggests Humans Can Be Identified By The Proteins In Their Hair. 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 (1975). Agricultural Attache Role Overseas: What He Does and How He Can Be More Effective for the United States. 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
Grasis, J. A. (2008). Controlling T lymphocyte activation with a molecular rheostat.

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
Wagner, J. (2017). Patching Together a Lineup, the Mets Come Apart Against the Nationals. New York Times, D3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lloyd, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Lloyd, 2012; Smith and Holt, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Smith and Holt, 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (O’Sullivan et al., 2011)

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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