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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Gade A: Nuclear physics: Sometimes γ-rays come in twos. Nature 2015, 526:330–331.
A journal article with 2 authors
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DeKosky ST, Marek K: Looking backward to move forward: early detection of neurodegenerative disorders. Science 2003, 302:830–834.
A journal article with 3 authors
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Hanotte O, Dessie T, Kemp S: Ecology. Time to tap Africa’s livestock genomes. Science 2010, 328:1640–1641.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
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Povelones M, Waterhouse RM, Kafatos FC, Christophides GK: Leucine-rich repeat protein complex activates mosquito complement in defense against Plasmodium parasites. Science 2009, 324:258–261.

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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Brown BL, Hendrix SB, Hedges DW, Smith TB: Multivariate Analysis for the Biobehavioral and Social Sciences. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2011.
An edited book
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Tomalty R: America’s Urban Future: Lessons from North of the Border. Island Press/Center for Resource Economics; 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
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Godart B, de Rooij M, Wood JGM: Severity Investigation. In Guide to Diagnosis and Appraisal of AAR Damage to Concrete in Structures: Part 1 Diagnosis (AAR 6.1). Edited by Godart B, de Rooij M, Wood JGM. Springer Netherlands; 2013:65–78.

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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Fang J: Dragons Have REM Sleep Too. IFLScience 2016,

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: Federal Communications Commission: Provision for the Use of the 220-222 MHz Band by Private Land Mobile Radio Service and Final Rule. U.S. Government Printing Office; 1997.

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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Whitehead CF: Teacher perceptions of the effects of parentification on social interactions in the school setting. 2010,

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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Stewart JB: More College Rankings, More Confusing Results. New York Times 2016,

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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