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
Walmsley IA. 2008. Looking to the future of quantum optics. Science. 319:1211–1213.
A journal article with 2 authors
Quinn TC, Overbaugh J. 2005. HIV/AIDS in women: an expanding epidemic. Science. 308:1582–1583.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kassen R, Llewellyn M, Rainey PB. 2004. Ecological constraints on diversification in a model adaptive radiation. Nature. 431:984–988.
A journal article with 12 or more authors
Mannella N, Yang WL, Zhou XJ, Zheng H, Mitchell JF, Zaanen J, Devereaux TP, Nagaosa N, Hussain Z, Shen Z-X. 2005. Nodal quasiparticle in pseudogapped colossal magnetoresistive manganites. Nature. 438:474–478.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Anderson TJ. 2015. The Value of Debt in Retirement. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Mihelj M. 2012. Haptics for Virtual Reality and Teleoperation. Podobnik J, editor. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Rogers E, Galkowski K, Owens DH. 2007. Lyapunov Equations for Differential Processes. In: Galkowski K, Owens DH, editors. Control Systems Theory and Applications for Linear Repetitive Processes. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; p. 117–140.

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
Andrews R. 2017. The Deepwater Horizon Disaster Released A Heart-Damaging Pollutant. IFLScience [Internet]. [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from:


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. DOD Dependents Schools: Cost Issues Associated With the Special Education Program. 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
Douet C. 2010. The influence of an overseas trip to France on high school students studying French, four years after graduation [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
Gurley G. 2017. Losing Her Friends for the Love of Trump. New York Times.:D1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Walmsley 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Quinn & Overbaugh 2005; Walmsley 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Quinn & Overbaugh 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Mannella et al. 2005)

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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