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
Schiermeier, Q. (2000). Enhanced advisory role urged for former EU nuclear labs. Nature, 406(6793), 225.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kidder, S. Q., & Vonder Haar, T. H. (2010). Atmospheric science. Observing weather from space. Science (New York, N.Y.), 327(5969), 1085–1086.
A journal article with 3 authors
Jönsson, T. J., Johnson, L. C., & Lowther, W. T. (2008). Structure of the sulphiredoxin-peroxiredoxin complex reveals an essential repair embrace. Nature, 451(7174), 98–101.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Tyagi, A., Kapoor, P., Kumar, R., Chaudhary, K., Gautam, A., & Raghava, G. P. S. (2013). In silico models for designing and discovering novel anticancer peptides. Scientific reports, 3, 2984.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Glaser, R. (2015). Symmetry, Spectroscopy, and Crystallography. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Bhattacharyya, S. (2013). Soft Computing for Image and Multimedia Data Processing. (U. Maulik, Ed.). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Suh, H.-S., Brosnan, C. F., & Lee, S. C. (2009). Toll-Like Receptors in CNS Viral Infections. In T. Kielian (Ed.), Toll-like Receptors: Roles in Infection and Neuropathology (pp. 63–81). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

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
Hale, T. (2017, January 30). Robot Tricks Website‘s “I Am Not A Robot” Test Then Does Mic Drop. 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. (2016). Federal Student Loans: Education Could Improve Direct Loan Program Customer Service and Oversight (No. GAO-16-523). 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
Sharma, V. (2017). Functional Characterization of Na+/Ca2+ Exchangers in Caenorhabditis elegans (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Murphy, M. J. O. (2016, March 4). Friday File: A Look at the Golden Age for Oscar-Nominated Newspaper Movies. New York Times, p. C24.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Schiermeier 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Kidder and Vonder Haar 2010; Schiermeier 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Kidder and Vonder Haar 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Tyagi et al. 2013)

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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