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
Segal M (2012) Material history: Learning from silicon. Nature 483:S43-4
A journal article with 2 authors
Davis BR, Candotti F (2010) Genetics. Mosaicism--switch or spectrum? Science 330:46–47
A journal article with 3 authors
Kurth I, Georgescu RE, O’Donnell ME (2013) A solution to release twisted DNA during chromosome replication by coupled DNA polymerases. Nature 496:119–122
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Edwards MH, Kurras GJ, Tolstoy M, et al (2001) Evidence of recent volcanic activity on the ultraslow-spreading Gakkel ridge. Nature 409:808–812

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sauter M (2013) 3G, 4G and Beyond-Bringing Networks, Devices and the Web Together. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Barceló D, Petrovic M (eds) (2011) Waste Water Treatment and Reuse in the Mediterranean Region. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Gámez J, Rosa D, Alcántara E, et al (2006) Analysis of the Relationship Between Mechanical Properties and Players’ Perception of the Balls in a Spanish Traditional Sport: “La Pilota Valenciana.” In: Haake S (ed) The Engineering of Sport 6: Volume 2: Developments for Disciplines. Springer, New York, NY, pp 23–28

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
Evans K (2016) How AI Will Affect Urban Life In 2030, According To Scientists. 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 (2007) Transportation Security Administration’s Processes for Designating and Releasing Sensitive Security Information. 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
Viruet HB (2006) Effect of Forklift Operation on Lower Back Pain: An Evidence-Based Approach. Doctoral dissertation, University of Cincinnati

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
Barry E (2013) Dancer Held in Acid Attack on Bolshoi Director. New York Times A1

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Segal 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Davis and Candotti 2010; Segal 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Davis and Candotti 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Edwards et al. 2001)

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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