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
Purnell, B. A. (2012). Forces in development. Forceful thinking. Introduction. Science (New York, N.Y.), 338(6104), 209.
A journal article with 2 authors
Radtke, F., & Clevers, H. (2005). Self-renewal and cancer of the gut: two sides of a coin. Science (New York, N.Y.), 307(5717), 1904–1909.
A journal article with 3 authors
Cook-Deegan, R., Chandrasekharan, S., & Angrist, M. (2009). The dangers of diagnostic monopolies. Nature, 458(7237), 405–406.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Jeong, D. W., Choi, W. S., Okamoto, S., Kim, J.-Y., Kim, K. W., Moon, S. J., et al. (2014). Dimensionality control of d-orbital occupation in oxide superlattices. Scientific reports, 4, 6124.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Arduin, P.-E., Grundstein, M., & Rosenthal-Sabroux, C. (2015). Information and Knowledge System. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Ang, M. H., & Khatib, O. (Eds.). (2006). Experimental Robotics IX: The 9th International Symposium on Experimental Robotics (Vol. 21). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Sprake, J. (2012). Haptic Referencing. In J. Sprake (Ed.), Learning-Through-Touring: Mobilising Learners and Touring Technologies to Creatively Explore the Built Environment (pp. 149–183). Rotterdam: SensePublishers.

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, January 10). Engineered Human Intestines Function Like the Real Thing in Mice. 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. (1978). Developing State Automated Information Systems To Support Federal Assistance Programs: Problems and Opportunities (No. FGMSD-78-31). 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
Katz, R. L. (2014). Graduate nursing students’ perceptions regarding caring for patients with HIV (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, 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
Chira, S. (2017, February 15). Mixed Signals on the Runways. New York Times, p. D1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Purnell 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Purnell 2012; Radtke and Clevers 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Radtke and Clevers 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Jeong 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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