How to format your references using the BMC Plant Biology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for BMC Plant Biology. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
1. Sönnichsen C. Physics. Detecting intruders on the nanoscale. Science. 2011;332:1389–90.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Martin SG, Berthelot-Grosjean M. Polar gradients of the DYRK-family kinase Pom1 couple cell length with the cell cycle. Nature. 2009;459:852–6.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Bradley J, Reuter D, Frings S. Facilitation of calmodulin-mediated odor adaptation by cAMP-gated channel subunits. Science. 2001;294:2176–8.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Srinivasan G, Whitehouse MJ, Weber I, Yamaguchi A. The crystallization age of eucrite zircon. Science. 2007;317:345–7.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Joule JA, Mills K. Heterocyclic Chemistry at a Glance. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2012.
An edited book
1. Lajtha A, Javitt D, Kantrowitz J, editors. Handbook of Neurochemistry and Molecular Neurobiology: Schizophrenia. Boston, MA: Springer US; 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
1. He Y, Su Y. Silicon-Based Nanoagents for Cancer Therapy. In: Su Y, editor. Silicon Nano-biotechnology. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2014. p. 75–91.

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 BMC Plant Biology.

Blog post
1. Andrew E. Regular Coffee Consumption May Help Protect Against A Form Of Skin Cancer. IFLScience. 2015. https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/regular-coffee-consumption-may-help-protect-against-form-skin-cancer/. 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
1. Government Accountability Office. Competition in the Airline Computerized Reservation System Industry. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1988.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Pulsifer JE. Learning from the Uighurs: Correcting Inadequate Due Process in Terrorist Financing Sanction Regimes. Doctoral dissertation. George Washington University; 2012.

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
1. Schmidt MS, Apuzzo M, Haberman M. Mueller Is Said to Seek White House Interviews in Russia Inquiry. New York Times. 2017;:A1.

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 titleBMC Plant Biology
AbbreviationBMC Plant Biol.
ISSN (online)1471-2229
ScopePlant Science

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