How to format your references using the American Journal of Plant Sciences citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for American Journal of Plant Sciences. 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
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Sarewitz, D. (2009) World View: A Tale of Two Sciences. Nature, 462, 566.
A journal article with 2 authors
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Faccenna, C. and Becker, T.W. (2010) Shaping Mobile Belts by Small-Scale Convection. Nature, 465, 602–605.
A journal article with 3 authors
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Bell, E., Rowen, L. and Hood, L. (2000) Publication Rights for Sequence Data Producers. Science (New York, N.Y.), 290, 1696b–8b.
A journal article with 99 or more authors
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Hariri, A.R., Mattay, V.S., Tessitore, A., Kolachana, B., Fera, F., Goldman, D., Egan, M.F. and Weinberger, D.R. (2002) Serotonin Transporter Genetic Variation and the Response of the Human Amygdala. Science (New York, N.Y.), 297, 400–403.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
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Tikhomirov, V.V. (2016) Hydrogeochemistry Fundamentals and Advances. John Wiley &;#38; Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
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Gervasi, O., Gavrilova, M.L., Kumar, V., Laganà, A., Lee, H.P., Mun, Y., Taniar, D. and Tan, C.J.K., Eds. (2005) Computational Science and Its Applications – ICCSA 2005: International Conference, Singapore, May 9-12, 2005, Proceedings, Part II. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
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Borgianni, Y., Cascini, G. and Rotini, F. (2012) Application of IPPR to the Reengineering Problems of Class 2. In: Borgianni, Y. and Cascini, G., Eds., Re-Engineering of Products and Processes: How to Achieve Global Success in the Changing Marketplace, Springer, London, 107–128.

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 American Journal of Plant Sciences.

Blog post
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Hale, T. (2016, December 13) Geminid Meteor Shower Will Peak Tonight, But The Supermoon Might Outshine It. IFLScience, IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/space/geminid-meteor-shower-will-peak-tonight-but-the-supermoon-might-outshine-it/.

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
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Government Accountability Office. (2014) Alternative Jet Fuels: Federal Activities Support Development and Usage, but Long-Term Commercial Viability Hinges on Market Factors. 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
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Aldridge, K.N. (2015) The Impact of Improved Teachers’ Classroom Management and Cultural Responsiveness on Student Behavior. Doctoral dissertation, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL.

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
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Grimes, W. (2015, December 1) Eldar Ryazanov, 88, Dies; Famed Russian Director Was a Master of Satire. New York Times, B14.

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 titleAmerican Journal of Plant Sciences
AbbreviationAm. J. Plant Sci.
ISSN (print)2158-2742
ISSN (online)2158-2750
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