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
Milburn GJ (2013) Physics. Demonstrating uncertainty. Science 339:770–771
A journal article with 2 authors
Yang H-I, Zeng F-G (2013) Reduced acoustic and electric integration in concurrent-vowel recognition. Sci Rep 3:1419
A journal article with 3 authors
Hosoya T, Baccus SA, Meister M (2005) Dynamic predictive coding by the retina. Nature 436:71–77
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Yang L, Tan Z, Wang D, et al (2014) Species identification through mitochondrial rRNA genetic analysis. Sci Rep 4:4089

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kriegel J (2016) Unfairly Labeled. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Zulkhibri M, Ismail AG, Hidayat SE (eds) (2016) Macroprudential Regulation and Policy for the Islamic Financial Industry: Theory and Applications. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Antoniou G, Harmelen F van (2009) Web Ontology Language: OWL. In: Staab S, Studer R (eds) Handbook on Ontologies. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 91–110

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
Andrew E (2015) Apes Make Irrational Economic Decisions – That Includes You. 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 (1993) Weather Forecasting: Important Issues on Automated Weather Processing System Need Resolution. 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
Hardin J (2010) A study of social cognitive theory: The relationship between professional learning communities and collective teacher efficacy in international school settings. Doctoral dissertation, Capella 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
Rothenberg B (2017) How Penguins Make A Home on Road Ice. New York Times D3

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Milburn 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Yang and Zeng 2013; Milburn 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Yang and Zeng 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Yang et al. 2014)

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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