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
Brito, L. (2012). Analyzing sustainable development goals. Science 336, 1396.
A journal article with 2 authors
Chambers, J. Q., and Roberts, D. A. (2014). Ecology: drought in the congo basin. Nature 509, 36–37.
A journal article with 3 authors
Day, M., Langston, R., and Morris, R. G. M. (2003). Glutamate-receptor-mediated encoding and retrieval of paired-associate learning. Nature 424, 205–209.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Muttoni, G., Erba, E., Kent, D. V., and Bachtadse, V. (2005). Mesozoic Alpine facies deposition as a result of past latitudinal plate motion. Nature 434, 59–63.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Harper, C. (2005). Analytic Methods in Physics. Weinheim, FRG: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Jin, S., and Barzaghi, R. eds. (2016). IGFS 2014: Proceedings of the 3rd International Gravity Field Service (IGFS), Shanghai, China, June 30 - July 6, 2014. 1st ed. 2016. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Yadav, A. K., Vashisth, S., Singh, H., and Singh, K. (2015). “Optical Cryptography and Watermarking Using Some Fractional Canonical Transforms, and Structured Masks,” in Advances in Optical Science and Engineering: Proceedings of the First International Conference, IEM OPTRONIX 2014 Springer Proceedings in Physics., eds. V. Lakshminarayanan and I. Bhattacharya (New Delhi: Springer India), 25–36.

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). Expert Committee Finds Genetically Engineered Crops Are As Safe To Eat As Conventionally Bred Plants. IFLScience. Available at: https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/expert-committee-finds-ge-crops-are-safe-eat-conventionally-bred-plants/ [Accessed October 30, 2018].

Reports

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). DHS IT Contracting: Steps Taken to Enhance EAGLE II Small Business Opportunities, but Better Assessment Data Needed. 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
Knight, A. K. (2017). Beyond Leveraged Purchasing: Using Strengthened Buyer/Supplier Relationships to Accomplish Sustainable Strategic Sourcing and Smarter Single Source Acquisitions.

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
Kanter, J. (2017). Under Trump, U.S. Is Now a Threat to Europe’s Stability, Leader Warns. New York Times, A13.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Brito, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Brito, 2012; Chambers and Roberts, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Chambers and Roberts, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Muttoni et al., 2005)

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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