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
Laughlin, R. B. (2004). Physics. The cup of the hand. Science (New York, N.Y.), 303(5663), 1475–1477.
A journal article with 2 authors
Emanuel, E. J., & Wertheimer, A. (2006). Public health. Who should get influenza vaccine when not all can? Science (New York, N.Y.), 312(5775), 854–855.
A journal article with 3 authors
Zwerger, M., Briegel, H. J., & Dür, W. (2014). Hybrid architecture for encoded measurement-based quantum computation. Scientific reports, 4, 5364.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Lando, D., Peet, D. J., Whelan, D. A., Gorman, J. J., & Whitelaw, M. L. (2002). Asparagine hydroxylation of the HIF transactivation domain a hypoxic switch. Science (New York, N.Y.), 295(5556), 858–861.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Baldwin, D., Birkett, J., Facey, O., & Rabey, G. (2013). The Forensic Examination and Interpretation of Tool Marks. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Zeng, W. (2013). Ricci Flow for Shape Analysis and Surface Registration: Theories, Algorithms and Applications. (X. D. Gu, Ed.). New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Ndayikengurukiye, D., & Mignotte, M. (2016). High-Frequency Spectral Energy Map Estimation Based Gait Analysis System Using a Depth Camera for Pathology Detection. In A. Campilho & F. Karray (Eds.), Image Analysis and Recognition: 13th International Conference, ICIAR 2016, in Memory of Mohamed Kamel, Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal, July 13-15, 2016, Proceedings (pp. 38–45). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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, August 3). The Same Genes Influence Exam Results Across A Range Of School Subjects. 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. (2007). Aviation Security: TSA’s Change to Its Prohibited Items List Has Not Resulted in Any Reported Security Incidents, but the Impact of the Change on Screening Operations Is Inconclusive (No. GAO-07-623R). 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
Belflower, K. E. (2012). The relationship between demographic and employment variables of job satisfaction among emergency nurses (Doctoral dissertation). University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ.

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
de la MERCED, M. J. (2017, September 18). Northrop Grumman to Buy Orbital ATK for $7.8 Billion. New York Times, p. B4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Laughlin 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Emanuel and Wertheimer 2006; Laughlin 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Emanuel and Wertheimer 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Lando 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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