How to format your references using the Frontline Gastroenterology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontline Gastroenterology. 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
Rice C. Perspective: miles to go before we sleep. Nature 2011;474:S8.
A journal article with 2 authors
Scharlemann JPW, Laurance WF. Environmental science. How green are biofuels? Science 2008;319:43–4.
A journal article with 3 authors
Duthie C, Gibbs G, Burns KC. Seed dispersal by weta. Science 2006;311:1575.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Chuang YD, Gromko AD, Dessau DS, et al. Fermi surface nesting and nanoscale fluctuating charge/orbital ordering in colossal magnetoresistive oxides. Science 2001;292:1509–13.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Tschirhart M, Bielefeld W. Managing Nonprofit Organizations. San Francisco: : John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2012.
An edited book
Jia Y, Du J, Li H, et al., editors. Proceedings of the 2015 Chinese Intelligent Systems Conference: Volume 1. 1st ed. 2016. Berlin, Heidelberg: : Springer 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
Sundararajan V, Wright P. CyberCut: A Coordinated Pipeline of Design, Process Planning and Manufacture. In: Wang L, Shen W, eds. Process Planning and Scheduling for Distributed Manufacturing. London: : Springer 2007. 91–108.

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 Frontline Gastroenterology.

Blog post
Hale T. Scientists Make Voles Fall In Love By Stimulating A Brain Connection. IFLScience. 2017. (accessed 30 Oct 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. College Textbooks: Enhanced Offerings Appear to Drive Recent Price Increases. Washington, DC: : U.S. Government Printing Office 2005.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Havill NL. Therapeutic landscapes for birth: A research synthesis. 2012.

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
Wines M. It Only Seems That Political Corruption Is Rampant. New York Times. 2014;:A22.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleFrontline Gastroenterology
AbbreviationFrontline Gastroenterol.
ISSN (print)2041-4137
ISSN (online)2041-4145

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