How to format your references using the In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology - Plant citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology - Plant. 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
Cline JS (2003) Geology. How to concentrate copper. Science 302:2075–2076
A journal article with 2 authors
McCollom TM, Hynek BM (2005) A volcanic environment for bedrock diagenesis at Meridiani Planum on Mars. Nature 438:1129–1131
A journal article with 3 authors
Suzuki N, Nishiura M, Wakatsuki Y (2002) Isolation and structural characterization of 1-zirconacyclopent-3-yne, five-membered cyclic alkynes. Science 295:660–663
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Percec V, Wilson DA, Leowanawat P, et al (2010) Self-assembly of Janus dendrimers into uniform dendrimersomes and other complex architectures. Science 328:1009–1014

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Meghouar H (2016) Corporate Takeover Targets. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Cleophas TJ (2012) Statistics Applied to Clinical Studies, 5th ed. 2012. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
A chapter in an edited book
Luo ACJ (2012) Synchronization of Dynamical Systems in Sense of Metric Functionals of Specific Constraints. In: Luo ACJ, Sun J-Q (eds) Complex Systems: Fractionality, Time-delay and Synchronization. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 205–298

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 In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology - Plant.

Blog post
Luntz S (2014) Tiny Tarsier Subspecies Discovered. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 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) Performance and Accountability Highlights Fiscal Year 2006. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Mills LM (2014) A mentoring program for foster youth transitioning into adulthood: A grant proposal. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Coscarelli J, Sisario B (2017) Prince’s Estate Sues Over a New EP. New York Times C3

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Cline 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Cline 2003; McCollom and Hynek 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (McCollom and Hynek 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Percec et al. 2010)

About the journal

Full journal titleIn Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology - Plant
AbbreviationIn Vitro Cell. Dev. Biol. Plant
ISSN (print)1054-5476
ISSN (online)1475-2689
ScopePlant Science

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