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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Current 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.
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
E.R. Weeks, Materials science. Melting colloidal crystals from the inside out, Science. 338 (2012) 55–56.
A journal article with 2 authors
A. Burgisser, G.W. Bergantz, A rapid mechanism to remobilize and homogenize highly crystalline magma bodies, Nature. 471 (2011) 212–215.
A journal article with 3 authors
S. Komarneni, N. Kozai, W.J. Paulus, Environment. Superselective clay for radium uptake, Nature. 410 (2001) 771.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
L. Liang, S. Juarez, T.V.T. Nga, S. Dunstan, R. Nakajima-Sasaki, D.H. Davies, S. McSorley, S. Baker, P.L. Felgner, Immune profiling with a Salmonella Typhi antigen microarray identifies new diagnostic biomarkers of human typhoid, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 1043.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
T. Kääriäinen, D. Cameron, M.-L. Kääriäinen, A. Sherman, Atomic Layer Deposition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2013.
An edited book
M. Archibald, V. Brattka, V. Goranko, B. Löwe, eds., Infinity in Logic and Computation: International Conference, ILC 2007, Cape Town, South Africa, November 3-5, 2007, Revised Selected Papers, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
G.B. Arous, V. Gayrard, A. Kuptsov, A New REM Conjecture, in: V. Sidoravicius, M.E. Vares (Eds.), In and Out of Equilibrium 2, Birkhäuser, Basel, 2008: pp. 59–96.

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 Plant Biology.

Blog post
E. Andrew, New Cancer Treatment Causes Cells To Explode, IFLScience. (2014).


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, Year 2000 Computing Crisis: Actions Needed on Electronic Data Exchanges, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1998.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
L.C. Davenport, Behavior and ecology of the Giant Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) in oxbow lakes of the Manú Biosphere Reserve, Perú, Doctoral dissertation, University of North Carolina, 2008.

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
M. Mcbride, T. Blackmon, F. Reid, B.W. Skinner, Don’t Wait For a Perfect Protest, New York Times. (2017) A19.

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 Plant Biology
AbbreviationCurr. Plant Biol.
ISSN (print)2214-6628
ScopePlant Science
Cell Biology
Developmental Biology

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