How to format your references using the Current Opinion in Plant Biology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Current Opinion in 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
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Anthes E: Treatment: Marginal gains. Nature 2014, 508:S54-6.
A journal article with 2 authors
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Cooper BG, Goller F: Multimodal signals: enhancement and constraint of song motor patterns by visual display. Science 2004, 303:544–546.
A journal article with 3 authors
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Puntes VF, Krishnan KM, Alivisatos AP: Colloidal nanocrystal shape and size control: the case of cobalt. Science 2001, 291:2115–2117.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
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Kim M, Canio W, Kessler S, Sinha N: Developmental changes due to long-distance movement of a homeobox fusion transcript in tomato. Science 2001, 293:287–289.

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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Bunnell T: From World City to the World in One City. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2016.
An edited book
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Patnaik S, Li X (Eds): Proceedings of International Conference on Computer Science and Information Technology: CSAIT 2013, September 21–23, 2013, Kunming, China. Springer India; 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
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Chen Y, Eickmeyer K, Flum J: The Exponential Time Hypothesis and the Parameterized Clique Problem. In Parameterized and Exact Computation: 7th International Symposium, IPEC 2012, Ljubljana, Slovenia, September 12-14, 2012. Proceedings. Edited by Thilikos DM, Woeginger GJ. Springer; 2012:13–24.

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 Current Opinion in Plant Biology.

Blog post
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Andrew E: Blame It On Biology: How Explanations Of Mental Illness Influence Treatment. IFLScience 2015,

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: Medicare: Callers Can Access 1-800-MEDICARE Services, but Responsibility within CMS for Limited English Proficiency Plan Unclear. U.S. Government Printing Office; 2008.

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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Mande M: Sisyphus’s Fault: How the Shifting Terrain of a Changing Institution Makes Curriculum Reform an “Impossible Task.” 2017,

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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Walsh MW: As Payouts Rise, New Tactics By the U.S. Pension Insurer. New York Times 2010,

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 titleCurrent Opinion in Plant Biology
AbbreviationCurr. Opin. Plant Biol.
ISSN (print)1369-5266
ISSN (online)1879-0356
ScopePlant Science

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