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
Vohs KD (2013) Psychology. The poor’s poor mental power. Science 341:969–970
A journal article with 2 authors
Bucchi M, Neresini F (2004) Biotechnology. Why are people hostile to biotechnologies? Science 304:1749
A journal article with 3 authors
Ben-David O, Cohen G, Fineberg J (2010) The dynamics of the onset of frictional slip. Science 330:211–214
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Socoliuc A, Gnecco E, Maier S, et al (2006) Atomic-scale control of friction by actuation of nanometer-sized contacts. Science 313:207–210

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Belsey C (2011) A Future for Criticism. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK
An edited book
Kogure T (2007) The Astrophysics of Emission-Line Stars. Springer, New York, NY
A chapter in an edited book
Braack M (2015) Outflow Conditions for the Navier-Stokes Equations with Skew-Symmetric Formulation of the Convective Term. In: Knobloch P (ed) Boundary and Interior Layers, Computational and Asymptotic Methods - BAIL 2014. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 35–45

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
Hale T (2017) Theives Have Stolen 24,000 Bees From English Country Estate. 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 (2014) Unmanned Aerial Systems: Efforts Made toward Integration into the National Airspace Continue, but Many Actions Still Required. 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
Walsh EF (2010) The development of comprehensive criminal justice leadership standards: A modified Delphi study approach. Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix

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
Wagner J (2016) Defense, Though Hard to Gauge, Gives Cubs a Clear Edge. New York Times B10

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Vohs 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Bucchi and Neresini 2004; Vohs 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Bucchi and Neresini 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Socoliuc et al. 2006)

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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