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
Kivelson MG (2006) Does Enceladus govern magnetospheric dynamics at Saturn? Science 311:1391–1392
A journal article with 2 authors
Oh M, Mirkin CA (2005) Chemically tailorable colloidal particles from infinite coordination polymers. Nature 438:651–654
A journal article with 3 authors
Lowes MA, Bowcock AM, Krueger JG (2007) Pathogenesis and therapy of psoriasis. Nature 445:866–873
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Rohrbach A, Ballhaus C, Golla-Schindler U, et al (2007) Metal saturation in the upper mantle. Nature 449:456–458

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Darling-Hammond L, Meyerson D, LaPointe M, et al (2009) Preparing Principals for a Changing World. Jossey-Bas, San Francisco, CA, USA
An edited book
Bainbridge WS (ed) (2010) Online Worlds: Convergence of the Real and the Virtual. Springer, London
A chapter in an edited book
Bera S, Bhowmick P, Bhattacharya BB (2014) A Digital-Geometric Algorithm for Generating a Complete Spherical Surface in ℤ3. In: Gupta P, Zaroliagis C (eds) Applied Algorithms: First International Conference, ICAA 2014, Kolkata, India, January 13-15, 2014. Proceedings. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 49–61

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) Scientists Think They May Have Solved The Siberian Crater Mystery. 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 (1986) Telecommunication: Air Force Cost Estimates for Scope Exchange Telephone Systems. 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
Wenger MC (2011) Free-choice family learning experiences at informal astronomy observing events. 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
Kelly S (1992) There’s Nothing Like a Dame. New York Times 729

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kivelson 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Oh and Mirkin 2005; Kivelson 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Oh and Mirkin 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Rohrbach et al. 2007)

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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