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
Woods CG (2004) Neuroscience. Crossing the midline. Science 304:1455–1456
A journal article with 2 authors
Hopkins R, Rausher MD (2011) Identification of two genes causing reinforcement in the Texas wildflower Phlox drummondii. Nature 469:411–414
A journal article with 3 authors
Rojas JP, Torres Sevilla GA, Hussain MM (2013) Can we build a truly high performance computer which is flexible and transparent? Sci Rep 3:2609
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Kudgus RA, Walden CA, McGovern RM, et al (2014) Tuning pharmacokinetics and biodistribution of a targeted drug delivery system through incorporation of a passive targeting component. Sci Rep 4:5669

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Furger C (2016) Live Cell Assays. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Dhar PK (2015) Advances in Audio Watermarking Based on Singular Value Decomposition. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Kaiser G, Buchholtz N (2014) Overcoming the Gap Between University and School Mathematics. In: Rezat S, Hattermann M, Peter-Koop A (eds) Transformation - A Fundamental Idea of Mathematics Education. Springer, New York, NY, pp 85–105

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
Fang J (2014) World’s Oldest Hand Stencils Discovered in Tropical Cave. 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 (1997) Transportation Issue Area Plan--Fiscal Years 1998-2000. 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
Sweeney DL (2009) Learning in human -dolphin interactions at zoological facilities. Doctoral dissertation, University of California San Diego

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
GEORGE GENE GUSTINES; Compiled by BEN SISARIO (2010) Graphic Bullying. New York Times C2

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Woods 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Woods 2004; Hopkins and Rausher 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Hopkins and Rausher 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Kudgus 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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