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
Rees MJ (2000) Piecing together the biggest puzzle of all. Science 290:1919–1925
A journal article with 2 authors
Poulsen M, Boomsma JJ (2005) Mutualistic fungi control crop diversity in fungus-growing ants. Science 307:741–744
A journal article with 3 authors
Persha L, Agrawal A, Chhatre A (2011) Social and ecological synergy: local rulemaking, forest livelihoods, and biodiversity conservation. Science 331:1606–1608
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Westerheide SD, Anckar J, Stevens SM Jr, et al (2009) Stress-inducible regulation of heat shock factor 1 by the deacetylase SIRT1. Science 323:1063–1066

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hansen KL, Zenobia KE (2011) Civil Engineer’s Handbook of Professional Practice. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Shackelford TK, Hansen RD (eds) (2015) The Evolution of Sexuality. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Blake GM (2010) The Clinical Role of Bone Density Scans in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Osteoporosis. In: Adler RA (ed) Osteoporosis: Pathophysiology and Clinical Management. Humana Press, Totowa, NJ, pp 77–95

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 (2014) Huge Squid Caught Attacking Submarine On Video. 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 (2011) Next Generation Air Transportation System: FAA Has Made Some Progress in Implementation, but Delays Threaten to Impact Costs and Benefits. 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
Moris FA (2015) International Trade in Research and Development Services and the Activity of MNC Subsidiaries. Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University

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
Pilon M (2015) Chinese Cabby’s Query Prompted an Epiphany. New York Times F6

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Rees 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Rees 2000; Poulsen and Boomsma 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Poulsen and Boomsma 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Westerheide et al. 2009)

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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