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
Shimono, M. (2013). Non-uniformity of cell density and networks in the monkey brain. Scientific reports, 3, 2541.
A journal article with 2 authors
Tseng, G. Y., & Ellenbogen, J. C. (2001). Nanotechnology. Toward nanocomputers. Science (New York, N.Y.), 294(5545), 1293–1294.
A journal article with 3 authors
Rideout, W. M., 3rd, Eggan, K., & Jaenisch, R. (2001). Nuclear cloning and epigenetic reprogramming of the genome. Science (New York, N.Y.), 293(5532), 1093–1098.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Liu, W., Su, J., Jiang, J., Li, X., Ye, Q., Zhou, H., et al. (2013). Two mixed-NH3/amine platinum (II) anticancer complexes featuring a dichloroacetate moiety in the leaving group. Scientific reports, 3, 2464.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Walkenbach, J. (2010). John Walkenbach’s Favorite Excel® 2010 Tips & Tricks. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Publishing, Inc.
An edited book
Clay, S. M. (2013). Developing Biofuel Bioprocesses Using Systems and Synthetic Biology. (S. S. Fong, Ed.). New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Rocha, F. G., & Jarnagin, W. R. (2013). Staging Systems. In W. Y. Lau (Ed.), Hilar Cholangiocarcinoma (pp. 43–52). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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
Fang, J. (2015, July 24). Stink Bug Moms Choose the Color of Their Eggs. 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. (2007). Motor Carrier Safety: Preliminary Information on Challenges to Ensuring the Integrity of Drug Testing Programs (No. GAO-08-220T). 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
Hrivnak, G. A. (2009). Extending a model of leader -member exchange development: Individual and dyadic effects of personality, similarity and liking (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Schwartz, J., Shear, M. D., & Paulson, M. (2014, August 14). New Tack on Unrest Eases Tension in Missouri. New York Times, p. A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Shimono 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Shimono 2013; Tseng and Ellenbogen 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Tseng and Ellenbogen 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Liu et al. 2013)

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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