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
Naldini L (2009) Medicine. A comeback for gene therapy. Science 326:805–806
A journal article with 2 authors
Matthias S, Müller F (2003) Asymmetric pores in a silicon membrane acting as massively parallel brownian ratchets. Nature 424:53–57
A journal article with 3 authors
Chisholm SW, Falkowski PG, Cullen JJ (2001) Oceans. Dis-crediting ocean fertilization. Science 294:309–310
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Finne AP, Araki T, Blaauwgeers R, et al (2003) An intrinsic velocity-independent criterion for superfluid turbulence. Nature 424:1022–1025

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ippolito LJ Jr (2017) Satellite Communications Systems Engineering. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Heredia RR, Altarriba J (eds) (2014) Foundations of Bilingual Memory. Springer, New York, NY
A chapter in an edited book
Lo Piparo E, Fratev F, Mazzatorta P, et al (2006) Toxicity in allelopathy: In Silico Approach. In: Reigosa MJ, Pedrol N, González L (eds) Allelopathy: A Physiological Process with Ecological Implications. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp 105–126

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
O`Callaghan J (2015) The Universe Is Dying. In: IFLScience. 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 (1983) A Bibliography of Documents Issued by the GAO on Matters Related to: ADP. 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
White AE (2015) Female ministers in pastoral leadership: A phenomenological study. Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix

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
Casey N (2016) Pregnant and Facing Dilemma Over Zika. New York Times A4

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Naldini 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Matthias and Müller 2003; Naldini 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Matthias and Müller 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Finne et al. 2003)

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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