How to format your references using the Journal of Applied Research on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Applied Research on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants. 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
Dickson, B.J., 2002. Molecular mechanisms of axon guidance. Science 298, 1959–1964.
A journal article with 2 authors
Rowley, D.B., Currie, B.S., 2006. Palaeo-altimetry of the late Eocene to Miocene Lunpola basin, central Tibet. Nature 439, 677–681.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kurtovic, A., Widmer, A., Dickson, B.J., 2007. A single class of olfactory neurons mediates behavioural responses to a Drosophila sex pheromone. Nature 446, 542–546.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Zhang, L., Chen, J., Fan, L., Diéguez, O., Cao, J., Pan, Z., Wang, Y., Wang, Jinguo, Kim, M., Deng, S., Wang, Jiaou, Wang, H., Deng, J., Yu, R., Scott, J.F., Xing, X., 2018. Giant polarization in super-tetragonal thin films through interphase strain. Science 361, 494–497.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rumelhard, C., Algani, C., Billabert, A.-L., 2013. Microwave Photonic Links. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Gollmann, D., Meier, J., Sabelfeld, A. (Eds.), 2006. Computer Security – ESORICS 2006: 11th European Symposium on Research in Computer Security, Hamburg, Germany, September 18-20, 2006. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Laviola, B.G., Alves, A.A., Rocha, R.B., Drumond, M.A., 2012. The Importance of Jatropha for Brazil, in: Carels, N., Sujatha, M., Bahadur, B. (Eds.), Jatropha, Challenges for a New Energy Crop: Volume 1: Farming, Economics and Biofuel. Springer, New York, NY, pp. 71–94.

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 Journal of Applied Research on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2015. Ancient People Ate Porridge 32,000 Years Ago [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1990. Follow-up National Survey of Cable Television Rates and Services (No. T-RCED-90-89). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Laskey, E., 2013. Plasma glucagon during development of insulin resistance among healthy individuals (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Wagner, J., 2016. Mets Bombard Phillies Before Starting Trip to End Season, or Extend It. New York Times D2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Dickson, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Dickson, 2002; Rowley and Currie, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Rowley and Currie, 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Zhang et al., 2018)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Applied Research on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
AbbreviationJ. Appl. Res. Med. Aromat. Plants
ISSN (print)2214-7861

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