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
Stratton MR (2011) Exploring the genomes of cancer cells: progress and promise. Science 331:1553–1558
A journal article with 2 authors
Evans J, Rzhetsky A (2010) Philosophy of science. Machine science. Science 329:399–400
A journal article with 3 authors
Chandra FA, Buzi G, Doyle JC (2011) Glycolytic oscillations and limits on robust efficiency. Science 333:187–192
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Storchová Z, Breneman A, Cande J, et al (2006) Genome-wide genetic analysis of polyploidy in yeast. Nature 443:541–547

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Fuller S (2005) RapidIO®: The Embedded System Interconnect. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Thelin J (ed) (2007) Foundations of Qt Development. Apress, Berkeley, CA
A chapter in an edited book
Atmanspacher H (2006) A Semiotic Approach to Complex Systems. In: Köhler R (ed) Aspects of Automatic Text Analysis. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 79–91

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
Andrew E (2015) The Future Is Bright, The Future Is … Quantum Dot Televisions. 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 (1995) Highway Safety: Reliability and Validity of DOT Crash Tests. 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
Schick VR (2010) Examining the vulva: The relationship between female genital aesthetic perceptions and gynecological care. Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University

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
Paulson M (2017) ‘King Kong’ Gets Closer to Broadway. New York Times C2

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Stratton 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Evans and Rzhetsky 2010; Stratton 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Evans and Rzhetsky 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Storchová 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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