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
Misa TJ. 2011. Retrospective. Steven P. Jobs (1955-2011). Science. 334(6058):919.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sharma P, Allison JP. 2012. Retrospective. Lloyd J. Old (1933-2011). Science. 335(6064):49.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yi C, Wei S, Hendrey G. 2014. Warming climate extends dryness-controlled areas of terrestrial carbon sequestration. Sci Rep. 4:5472.
A journal article with 12 or more authors
Lee J, Dak P, Lee Y, Park H, Choi W, Alam MA, Kim S. 2014. Two-dimensional layered MoS₂ biosensors enable highly sensitive detection of biomolecules. Sci Rep. 4:7352.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rhee MY. 2013. Wireless Mobile Internet Security. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Tahirovic A. 2013. Passivity-Based Model Predictive Control for Mobile Vehicle Motion Planning. Magnani G, editor. London: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Al-Rawi MS, Cunha JPS. 2012. Using Permutation Tests to Study How the Dimensionality, the Number of Classes, and the Number of Samples Affect Classification Analysis. In: Campilho A, Kamel M, editors. Image Analysis and Recognition: 9th International Conference, ICIAR 2012, Aveiro, Portugal, June 25-27, 2012 Proceedings, Part I. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; p. 34–42.

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
Hale T. 2016. Drug Lord’s Escaped Hippos Are Causing Chaos In Colombia. IFLScience.


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. 2015. Federal Aviation Administration: Improved Tracking of Results Needed to Provide Confidence in Benefits of Streamlining Activities. 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
Wilbur LJ. 2017. Perceptions of Missouri Public School Early Childhood Teachers and Administrators in Regard to Technology and Current Practices [Doctoral dissertation]. St. Charles, MO: Lindenwood University.

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
Rashbaum WK, McKINLEY JC Jr. 2014. 106 Are Charged in Lengthy Fraud Over Disabilities. New York Times.:A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Misa 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Misa 2011; Sharma and Allison 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Sharma and Allison 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Lee 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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