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
Zatz, M. (2005). Global voices of science. When science is not enough: fighting genetic disease in Brazil. Science 308, 55–57.
A journal article with 2 authors
Zhang, K., and Kaufman, R. J. (2008). From endoplasmic-reticulum stress to the inflammatory response. Nature 454, 455–462.
A journal article with 3 authors
Boisvert, C. A., Mark-Kurik, E., and Ahlberg, P. E. (2008). The pectoral fin of Panderichthys and the origin of digits. Nature 456, 636–638.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Xu, X., Cheng, Y.-N., Wang, X.-L., and Chang, C.-H. (2002). An unusual oviraptorosaurian dinosaur from China. Nature 419, 291–293.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bruen, G. O. (2015). WHOIS Running the Internet. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Sadeghian, A., Mendel, J. M., and Tahayori, H. eds. (2013). Advances in Type-2 Fuzzy Sets and Systems: Theory and Applications. New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Viskari, L., Sha, G., and Ringer, S. P. (2016). “Towards new aluminium alloys through advances in atom probe microscopy,” in ICAA13 Pittsburgh: Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Aluminum Alloys, eds. H. Weiland, A. D. Rollett, and W. A. Cassada (Cham: Springer International Publishing), 29–30.

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
Andrews, R. (2016). HPV Vaccine Halves Cervical Cancer Rates In Just 10 Years. IFLScience.


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 (2013). Transportation Worker Identification Credential: Card Reader Pilot Results Are Unreliable; Security Benefits Should Be Reassessed. 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
Ploehs, J. R. (2009). The literacy benefits of middle school tutors who tutor emergent readers.

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
Kenigsberg, B. (2017). A Ranchera Star Who Rejected Convention. New York Times, C5.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Zatz, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Zatz, 2005; Zhang and Kaufman, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Zhang and Kaufman, 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Xu et al., 2002)

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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