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
H. Quinn, No conflict between SLAC and Japan’s KEK. Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Nature. 404 (2000) 701.
A journal article with 2 authors
C.R. Marshall, D.K. Jacobs, Paleontology. Flourishing after the end-Permian mass extinction, Science. 325 (2009) 1079–1080.
A journal article with 3 authors
J. Gollihar, M. Levy, A.D. Ellington, Biochemistry. Many paths to the origin of life, Science. 343 (2014) 259–260.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
T.-P. Gu, F. Guo, H. Yang, H.-P. Wu, G.-F. Xu, W. Liu, Z.-G. Xie, L. Shi, X. He, S.-G. Jin, K. Iqbal, Y.G. Shi, Z. Deng, P.E. Szabó, G.P. Pfeifer, J. Li, G.-L. Xu, The role of Tet3 DNA dioxygenase in epigenetic reprogramming by oocytes, Nature. 477 (2011) 606–610.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
T. Makower, Touching the City, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2014.
An edited book
S. Colonna, I cibi della salute: Le basi chimiche di una corretta alimentazione, Springer, Milano, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
D. Hughes, M. Evans, G. Morrow, S. Keith, The Realities of Practice, in: M. Evans, G. Morrow, S. Keith (Eds.), The New Music Industries: Disruption and Discovery, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016: pp. 81–96.

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, Real Crisis In Psychology Isn’t That Studies Don’t Replicate, But That We Usually Don’t Even Try, IFLScience. (2015). (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, NASA: Issues Surrounding the Transition from the Space Shuttle to the Next Generation of Human Space Flight Systems, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2007.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Y. Ji, Dynamic Genetic Control: Manipulating Cell Behaviors Using Heat, Doctoral dissertation, University of California San Diego, 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
M. Pilon, The Progressive Who Didn’t Pass ‘Go,’ New York Times. (2015) BU1.

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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