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
Sifers RN. 2003. Cell biology. Protein degradation unlocked. Science. 299(5611):1330–1331.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kawasaki H, Taira K. 2003. Hes1 is a target of microRNA-23 during retinoic-acid-induced neuronal differentiation of NT2 cells. Nature. 423(6942):838–842.
A journal article with 3 authors
Huey RB, Losos JB, Moritz C. 2010. Ecology. Are lizards toast? Science. 328(5980):832–833.
A journal article with 12 or more authors
Dunn RA, Toomey DR, Detrick RS, Wilcock WS. 2001. Continuous mantle melt supply beneath an overlapping spreading center on the East Pacific Rise. Science. 291(5510):1955–1958.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Waupsh J. 2016. Bankruption. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Nasr EA. 2007. Computer-Based Design and Manufacturing: An Information-Based Approach. Kamrani AK, editor. Boston, MA: Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Hall JK. 2008. Language Education and Culture. In: Hornberger NH, editor. Encyclopedia of Language and Education. Boston, MA: Springer US; p. 45–55.

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
Felton J. 2017. Florida Man’s Attempt To Kiss Rattlesnake Goes Horribly Wrong. 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. 2005. NASA’s Space Vision: Business Case for Prometheus 1 Needed to Ensure Requirements Match Available Resources. 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
Gunhan-Senol NE. 2015. “I’m Turkish, I’m Honest...” I’m Autistic: Perceptions Regarding the Label of Autism [Doctoral dissertation]. Lafayette, LA: University of Louisiana.

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
Ryerson J. 2016. University Presses. New York Times.:BR35.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Sifers 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Sifers 2003; Kawasaki and Taira 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Kawasaki and Taira 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Dunn et al. 2001)

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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