How to format your references using the European Journal of Plant Pathology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for European Journal of Plant Pathology. 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
Gates, M. F. (2014). Putting women and girls at the center of development. Science (New York, N.Y.), 345(6202), 1273–1275.
A journal article with 2 authors
Klein, M. L., & Shinoda, W. (2008). Large-scale molecular dynamics simulations of self-assembling systems. Science (New York, N.Y.), 321(5890), 798–800.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bazin, E., Glémin, S., & Galtier, N. (2006). Population size does not influence mitochondrial genetic diversity in animals. Science (New York, N.Y.), 312(5773), 570–572.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Bouillon, S., Yambélé, A., Gillikin, D. P., Teodoru, C., Darchambeau, F., Lambert, T., & Borges, A. V. (2014). Contrasting biogeochemical characteristics of the Oubangui River and tributaries (Congo River basin). Scientific reports, 4, 5402.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kirsh, S. J. (2009). Media and Youth. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Schmitz, U., Wolkenhauer, O., & Vera, J. (Eds.). (2013). MicroRNA Cancer Regulation: Advanced Concepts, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Tools (Vol. 774). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Lepik, Ü., & Hein, H. (2014). Integral Equations. In H. Hein (Ed.), Haar Wavelets: With Applications (pp. 59–82). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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 European Journal of Plant Pathology.

Blog post
Luntz, S. (2016, June 1). Crop Records Reveal Madagascar And Comoros Were Settled From Southeast Asia. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 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. (1980). Farmers Home Administration’s ADP Development Project--Current Status and Unresolved Problems (No. CED-80-67). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Luo, P. (2010). Evaluation of the flicker effect as a generative strategy in enhancing computer -based instruction (CBI) of visual recognition and classification (Doctoral dissertation). University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

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
Kinsley, M. (2017, May 27). Paid Leave Counts as Progress. New York Times, p. SR3.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Gates 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Gates 2014; Klein and Shinoda 2008).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Klein and Shinoda 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Bouillon et al. 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleEuropean Journal of Plant Pathology
AbbreviationEur. J. Plant Pathol.
ISSN (print)0929-1873
ISSN (online)1573-8469
ScopeAgronomy and Crop Science
Plant Science

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