How to format your references using the Israel Journal of Plant Sciences citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Israel Journal of Plant Sciences. 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
Fray D. 2013. Metallurgy: iron production electrified. Nature. 497(7449):324–325.
A journal article with 2 authors
Reineke S, Baldo MA. 2014. Room temperature triplet state spectroscopy of organic semiconductors. Sci Rep. 4:3797.
A journal article with 3 authors
Tattersall GJ, Andrade DV, Abe AS. 2009. Heat exchange from the toucan bill reveals a controllable vascular thermal radiator. Science. 325(5939):468–470.
A journal article with 12 or more authors
Ajelli M, Poletti P, Melegaro A, Merler S. 2014. The role of different social contexts in shaping influenza transmission during the 2009 pandemic. Sci Rep. 4:7218.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Stavroudis ON. 2006. The Mathematics of Geometrical and Physical Optics. Weinheim, FRG: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Padovani F, Richardson A, Tsou JY, editors. 2015. Objectivity in Science: New Perspectives from Science and Technology Studies. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Gupta AN, Santhi Thilagam P. 2016. Detection of XML Signature Wrapping Attack Using Node Counting. In: Vijayakumar V, Neelanarayanan V, editors. Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Big Data and Cloud Computing Challenges (ISBCC – 16’). Cham: Springer International Publishing; p. 57–63.

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 Israel Journal of Plant Sciences.

Blog post
Andrew E. 2015. If Everyone Lived in An ‘Ecovillage’, the Earth Would Still be in Trouble. IFLScience [Internet]. [accessed 2018 Oct 30].


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. 2006. Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures: Highway Trust Fund Excise Taxes. 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
Dulick KC. 2010. Self-neglect among the elderly: Knowledge and perceptions of MSW students [Doctoral dissertation]. Long Beach, CA: California State University, Long Beach.

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
Crow K. 2002. For Nathan and Matthew’s Fans, Broken Hearts on Broadway. New York Times.:144.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Fray 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Fray 2013; Reineke and Baldo 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Reineke and Baldo 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Ajelli et al. 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleIsrael Journal of Plant Sciences
AbbreviationIsr. J. Plant Sci.
ISSN (print)0792-9978
ISSN (online)2223-8980
ScopeAgronomy and Crop Science
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
Plant Science

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