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
Herculano-Houzel, S. (2013). Neuroscience. Sleep it out. Science 342, 316–317.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bandyopadhyay, P. R., and Hansen, J. C. (2013). Breakup and then makeup: a predictive model of how cilia self-regulate hardness for posture control. Sci. Rep. 3, 1956.
A journal article with 3 authors
Walker, J. J., Spear, J. R., and Pace, N. R. (2005). Geobiology of a microbial endolithic community in the Yellowstone geothermal environment. Nature 434, 1011–1014.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Holmgren, M., Wagg, J., Bezanilla, F., Rakowski, R. F., De Weer, P., and Gadsby, D. C. (2000). Three distinct and sequential steps in the release of sodium ions by the Na+/K+-ATPase. Nature 403, 898–901.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kodama, K. P., and Hinnov, L. A. (2014). Rock Magnetic Cyclostratigraphy. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Lehavi, A. ed. (2016). Private Communities and Urban Governance: Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Dorey, P., and Garnett, M. (2016). “Public Sector Reform,” in The British Coalition Government, 2010-2015: A Marriage of Inconvenience, ed. M. Garnett (London: Palgrave Macmillan UK), 83–135.

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
Andrew, E. (2014). How Rosetta Made An Epic Journey Through Space And Overcame Incredible Challenges. 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 Security: Weaknesses in Airport Security and Options for Assigning Screening Responsibilities. 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
Boerger, E. M. (2014). Natural regeneration dynamics of red oak seedlings in Mississippi bottomland forests.

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
Chapman, M. M. (2015). This Time, Fiat Chrysler Workers Approve Contract. New York Times, B3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Herculano-Houzel, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Bandyopadhyay and Hansen, 2013; Herculano-Houzel, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Bandyopadhyay and Hansen, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Holmgren et al., 2000)

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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