How to format your references using the Acta Physiologiae Plantarum citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Acta Physiologiae Plantarum. 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
Wood B (2012) Phillip Vallentine Tobias (1925-2012). Nature 487:40
A journal article with 2 authors
Haldar A, Shenoy VB (2014) Cooling a band insulator with a metal: fermionic superfluid in a dimerized holographic lattice. Sci Rep 4:6655
A journal article with 3 authors
Sakuno T, Tada K, Watanabe Y (2009) Kinetochore geometry defined by cohesion within the centromere. Nature 458:852–858
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Montagna P, McCulloch M, Taviani M, et al (2006) Phosphorus in cold-water corals as a proxy for seawater nutrient chemistry. Science 312:1788–1791

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
da Silva LS, Simões R, Gervásio H (2016) Design of Steel Structures. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany
An edited book
Carvalho Junior FH de, Barbosa LS (eds) (2012) Programming Languages: 16th Brazilian Symposium, SBLP 2012, Natal, Brazil, September 23-28, 2012. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Post A, Hoenicke J, Podelski A (2011) rt-Inconsistency: A New Property for Real-Time Requirements. In: Giannakopoulou D, Orejas F (eds) Fundamental Approaches to Software Engineering: 14th International Conference, FASE 2011, Held as Part of the Joint European Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software, ETAPS 2011, Saarbrücken, Germany, March 26–April 3, 2011. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 34–49

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 Acta Physiologiae Plantarum.

Blog post
Andrew E (2014) Some Of The Most Awful Parasites In The World. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/some-most-awful-parasites-world/. Accessed 30 Oct 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 (1981) NASA’s Standard Parts Program--Are the Objectives Being Accomplished? U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Powers DL (2010) Teachers’ perceptions of the effects of No Child Left Behind on classroom instruction: A cross case analysis applying Dewey’s theory of instructional methods. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Risen J, Risen T (2017) Donald Trump Does His Best Joe McCarthy. New York Times SR2

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wood 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Wood 2012; Haldar and Shenoy 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Haldar and Shenoy 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Montagna et al. 2006)

About the journal

Full journal titleActa Physiologiae Plantarum
AbbreviationActa Physiol. Plant
ISSN (print)0137-5881
ISSN (online)1861-1664
ScopeAgronomy and Crop Science
Plant Science
Physiology

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