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
I.N. McCave, Paleoclimate. A poisoned chalice?, Science. 298 (2002) 1186–1187.
A journal article with 2 authors
E. Kodra, A.R. Ganguly, Asymmetry of projected increases in extreme temperature distributions, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 5884.
A journal article with 3 authors
R.J. Levis, G.M. Menkir, H. Rabitz, Selective bond dissociation and rearrangement with optimally tailored, strong-field laser pulses, Science. 292 (2001) 709–713.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
J. Wu, Z. Liu, G. Huang, D. Chen, W. Zhang, Y. Shao, S. Wan, S. Fu, Response of soil respiration and ecosystem carbon budget to vegetation removal in Eucalyptus plantations with contrasting ages, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 6262.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J.K. Fink, Metallized and Magnetic Polymers, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2016.
An edited book
Y. Aoyagi, K. Kajikawa, eds., Optical Properties of Advanced Materials, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
C.R. Gandhi, Stellate Cells, in: S.P.S. Monga (Ed.), Molecular Pathology of Liver Diseases, Springer US, Boston, MA, 2011: pp. 53–79.

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
T. Hale, The World’s Oldest Cave Paintings Made From Dots Found In France, IFLScience. (2017). (accessed October 30, 2018).


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, Government Performance and Results Act: Information on FAA’s Science Activities in DOT’s Performance Report for Fiscal Year 1999, Performance Plan for FY 2001, and July 2000 Draft Strategic Plan, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2000.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
S.K. Mizokami, Fall risk factors among cane and walker users and non-users, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2015.

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
B. Brantley, A Darwinian Revival With a Feminist Streak, New York Times. (2016) C1.

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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