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
Miralda-Escudé, J. (2001). Cosmology. Probing matter at the lowest densities. Science (New York, N.Y.), 293(5532), 1055–1056.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ruokolainen, K., & Tuomisto, H. (2002). Beta-diversity in tropical forests. Science (New York, N.Y.), 297(5586), 1439; discussion 1439.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kayukawa, T., Tateishi, K., & Shinoda, T. (2013). Establishment of a versatile cell line for juvenile hormone signaling analysis in Tribolium castaneum. Scientific reports, 3, 1570.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Yamanouchi, M., Ieda, J., Matsukura, F., Barnes, S. E., Maekawa, S., & Ohno, H. (2007). Universality classes for domain wall motion in the ferromagnetic semiconductor (Ga,Mn)As. Science (New York, N.Y.), 317(5845), 1726–1729.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Korn, G. A. (2013). Advanced Dynamic-System Simulation. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Murrihy, R. C., Kidman, A. D., & Ollendick, T. H. (Eds.). (2011). Clinical Handbook of Assessing and Treating Conduct Problems in Youth. New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Rhee, H., Park, S., Sarapuloff, S. A., Han, S. W., & Park, J. H. (2015). Frequency Tuning of a Wineglass Resonator Based on Acoustic Testing. In E. Wee Sit (Ed.), Sensors and Instrumentation, Volume 5: Proceedings of the 33rd IMAC, A Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics, 2015 (pp. 31–35). 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. (2014, August 24). Icelandic Eruption Begins - Maybe. 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. (1997). National Weather Service: Modernization Activities Affecting Northwestern Pennsylvania (No. AIMD-97-156). 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
Vail, A. S. (2012). The gift of noetic image: Spontaneous imagery and psychological well-being in women with breast cancer (Doctoral dissertation). Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA.

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
Spencer, H., & Sisario, B. (2016, November 8). $3 Million Award in Rolling Stone Case. New York Times, p. B2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Miralda-Escudé 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Miralda-Escudé 2001; Ruokolainen and Tuomisto 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Ruokolainen and Tuomisto 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Yamanouchi et al. 2007)

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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