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
Nisbet E. 2001. Heavenly phenomena. Nature. 410(6829):635.
A journal article with 2 authors
Chyba CF, Hand KP. 2001. Planetary science. Life without photosynthesis. Science. 292(5524):2026–2027.
A journal article with 3 authors
Duncan K, Sadanand A, Davachi L. 2012. Memory’s penumbra: episodic memory decisions induce lingering mnemonic biases. Science. 337(6093):485–487.
A journal article with 12 or more authors
Nagyvary J, DiVerdi JA, Owen NL, Tolley HD. 2006. Wood used by Stradivari and Guarneri. Nature. 444(7119):565.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Attokaran M. 2011. Natural Food Flavors and Colorants. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Pecharsky VK. 2009. Fundamentals of Powder Diffraction and Structural Characterization of Materials. Zavalij PY, editor. Boston, MA: Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Turner B. 2007. United Nations System. In: Turner B, editor. The Statesman’s Yearbook 2008: The Politics, Cultures and Economies of the World. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK; p. 12–15.

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. A Continental-Sized Volcanic Eruption Caused Snowball Earth. 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. 2016. Federal Air Marshal Service: Actions Needed to Better Incorporate Risk in Deployment Strategy. 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
Pasricha LA. 2010. North African women in Spain: Dreams and reality, identity and belonging [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
Hannibal ME. 2012. Why the Beaver Should Thank the Wolf. New York Times.:A23.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Nisbet 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Nisbet 2001; Chyba & Hand 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Chyba & Hand 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Nagyvary et al. 2006)

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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