How to format your references using the Horticulture Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Horticulture Research. 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
Wang K. Measurement biases explain discrepancies between the observed and simulated decadal variability of surface incident solar radiation. Sci Rep 2014; 4: 6144.
A journal article with 2 authors
Halliday AN, Wood BJ. Geophysics. How did Earth accrete? Science 2009; 325: 44–45.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bouret SG, Draper SJ, Simerly RB. Trophic action of leptin on hypothalamic neurons that regulate feeding. Science 2004; 304: 108–110.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Tsai D-S, Lien W-C, Lien D-H et al. Solar-blind photodetectors for harsh electronics. Sci Rep 2013; 3: 2628.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Eggert H, Kauschke W. Structural Bearings. Ernst & Sohn Verlag für Architektur und technische Wissenschaften GmbH & Co. KG: Berlin, Germany, 2012.
An edited book
Zhang W. Continuum Damage Mechanics and Numerical Applications. Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
Kaufman MR, Brown TL. AMPK and Placental Progenitor Cells. In: Cordero MD, Viollet B (eds). AMP-activated Protein Kinase. Springer International Publishing: Cham, 2016, pp 73–79.

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 Horticulture Research.

Blog post
Luntz S. Scientific Denial Caused By Unpalatable Solutions. IFLScience. 2014. (accessed 30 Oct2018).


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. Airport Capacity: Synopses of Major Studies. U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1992.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Gnoinska MK. Poland and the Cold War in East and Southeast Asia, 1949-1965. 2010.

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
Hodara S. A Painter of Clouds, Revisited. New York Times. 2015; : CT8.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

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 titleHorticulture Research
AbbreviationHortic. Res.
ISSN (online)2052-7276
Plant Science

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