How to format your references using the Journal of General Plant Pathology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of General Plant Pathology. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Ledford H (2015) Epigenetics: The genome unwrapped. Nature 528:S12-3
A journal article with 2 authors
Yedid G, Bell G (2002) Macroevolution simulated with autonomously replicating computer programs. Nature 420:810–812
A journal article with 3 authors
Tatano Y, Shimizu T, Tomioka H (2014) Unique macrophages different from M1/M2 macrophages inhibit T cell mitogenesis while upregulating Th17 polarization. Sci Rep 4:4146
A journal article with 5 or more authors
He X, He X, Dave VP, et al (2005) The zinc finger transcription factor Th-POK regulates CD4 versus CD8 T-cell lineage commitment. Nature 433:826–833

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Allen MW (2016) Michael Allen’s Guide to e-Learning. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Lollino G, Manconi A, Guzzetti F, et al (eds) (2015) Engineering Geology for Society and Territory - Volume 5: Urban Geology, Sustainable Planning and Landscape Exploitation. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Rula A, Maurino A, Batini C (2016) Data Quality Issues in Linked Open Data. In: Scannapieco M (ed) Data and Information Quality: Dimensions, Principles and Techniques. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 87–112

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 General Plant Pathology.

Blog post
Luntz S (2014) Tortoises Racing to Use Touchscreens. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 2018


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 (1982) Methodology Transfer Paper 3. 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
Jo SM (2009) A study of Korean students’ creativity in science using structural equation modeling. Doctoral dissertation, University of Arizona

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
Greenhouse L (2016) The Facts Win Out on Abortion. 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 (Ledford 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Yedid and Bell 2002; Ledford 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Yedid and Bell 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (He et al. 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of General Plant Pathology
AbbreviationJ. Gen. Plant Pathol.
ISSN (print)1345-2630
ISSN (online)1610-739X
ScopeAgronomy and Crop Science
Plant Science

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