How to format your references using the Indian Journal of Plant Physiology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Indian Journal of Plant Physiology. 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
Michael, H. A. (2013). Geochemistry. An arsenic forecast for China. Science (New York, N.Y.), 341(6148), 852–853.
A journal article with 2 authors
Armbrust, E. V., & Palumbi, S. R. (2015). Marine biology. Uncovering hidden worlds of ocean biodiversity. Science (New York, N.Y.), 348(6237), 865–867.
A journal article with 3 authors
Turner, S., Evans, P., & Hawkesworth, C. (2001). Ultrafast source-to-surface movement of melt at island arcs from 226Ra-230Th systematics. Science (New York, N.Y.), 292(5520), 1363–1366.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Hochheimer, A., Zhou, S., Zheng, S., Holmes, M. C., & Tjian, R. (2002). TRF2 associates with DREF and directs promoter-selective gene expression in Drosophila. Nature, 420(6914), 439–445.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Machner, H. (2005). Einführung in die Kern- und Elementarteilchenphysik. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Nehring, D. (2016). Transnational Popular Psychology and the Global Self-Help Industry: The Politics of Contemporary Social Change. (E. Alvarado, E. C. Hendriks, & D. Kerrigan, Eds.). London: Palgrave Macmillan UK.
A chapter in an edited book
Comber, B. (2006). Critical Literacy Educators at Work. In K. Cooper & R. White (Eds.), The Practical Critical Educator (pp. 51–65). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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 Indian Journal of Plant Physiology.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, April 17). New Fossil Evidence Suggests There Have Been 6 Mass Extinctions, Not 5. 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. (1996). Tax Systems Modernization: Cyberfile Project Was Poorly Planned and Managed (No. AIMD-96-140). 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
Breska, J. (2013). Mentoring for juvenile gang members and at-risk youth: A grant proposal project (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
Gelles, D., Thomas, L., Jr., Sorkin, A. R., & Kelly, K. (2017, August 16). Rebellion by Business Leaders Spelled End of Trump Councils. New York Times, p. A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Michael 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Armbrust and Palumbi 2015; Michael 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Armbrust and Palumbi 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Hochheimer et al. 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleIndian Journal of Plant Physiology
AbbreviationIndian J. Plant Physiol.
ISSN (print)0019-5502
ISSN (online)0974-0252
ScopeAgronomy and Crop Science
Plant Science

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