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
Hoelzel AR (2015) CONSERVATION. Can DNA foil the poachers? Science 349:34–35
A journal article with 2 authors
Prasad A, Pospíšil P (2013) Towards the two-dimensional imaging of spontaneous ultra-weak photon emission from microbial, plant and animal cells. Sci Rep 3:1211
A journal article with 3 authors
Passarelli L, Rivalta E, Shuler A (2014) Dike intrusions during rifting episodes obey scaling relationships similar to earthquakes. Sci Rep 4:3886
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Jiang L, Kiselova N, Rosén J, Ilag LL (2014) Quantification of neurotoxin BMAA (β-N-methylamino-L-alanine) in seafood from Swedish markets. Sci Rep 4:6931

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Windom CA Sr, Gaidhani H, Fontana A (2010) Virtualizing. Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, IN, USA
An edited book
Inoue K, Satoh K, Toni F (eds) (2007) Computational Logic in Multi-Agent Systems: 7th International Workshop, CLIMA VII, Hakodate, Japan, May 8-9, 2006, Revised Selected and Invited Papers. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Bangerter E, Camenisch J, Lysyanskaya A (2006) A Cryptographic Framework for the Controlled Release of Certified Data. In: Christianson B, Crispo B, Malcolm JA, Roe M (eds) Security Protocols: 12th International Workshop, Cambridge, UK, April 26-28, 2004. Revised Selected Papers. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 20–42

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
Luntz S (2016) How Do Male Amphipods Get Partners? It’s All In The Claw. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/how-do-male-amphipods-get-partners-its-claw/. 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 (1978) Comments on Legislation To Establish a Department of Education. 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
Capelli AM (2017) The (Un)Balanced Canon: Re-Visioning Feminist Conceptions of Madness and Transgression. Doctoral dissertation, University of Louisiana

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
Wagner J (2017) Patching Together a Lineup, the Mets Come Apart Against the Nationals. New York Times D3

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hoelzel 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Prasad and Pospíšil 2013; Hoelzel 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Prasad and Pospíšil 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Jiang et al. 2014)

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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