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
Knill E (2005) Quantum computing with realistically noisy devices. Nature 434:39–44
A journal article with 2 authors
Vabulas RM, Hartl FU (2005) Protein synthesis upon acute nutrient restriction relies on proteasome function. Science 310:1960–1963
A journal article with 3 authors
Lonsdorf EV, Eberly LE, Pusey AE (2004) Sex differences in learning in chimpanzees. Nature 428:715–716
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Helmuth B, Harley CDG, Halpin PM, et al (2002) Climate change and latitudinal patterns of intertidal thermal stress. Science 298:1015–1017

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
AIChE Equipment Testing Procedure (1987) Tray Distillation Columns. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Strumia R (ed) (2013) Eating Disorders and the Skin. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Giga M-H, Giga Y, Saal J (2010) Compactness Theorems. In: Giga Y, Saal J (eds) Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations: Asymptotic Behavior of Solutions and Self-Similar Solutions. Birkhäuser, Boston, MA, pp 181–188

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) Spread Of Multi-Drug Resistant Typhoid Threatens Public Health. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/spread-multi-drug-resistant-typhoid-threatens-public-health/. Accessed 30 Oct 2018

Reports

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 (2004) Commercial Activities in Schools: Use of Student Data is Limited and Additional Dissemination of Guidance Could Help Districts Develop Policies. 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
Clarke PN (2008) Program evaluation: A study to evaluate the effectiveness of an alternative education program in a rural county of a mid-Atlantic U.S. state. 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
Crow K (2003) An Old Friend Returns, Herbs and Fruit In Hand. New York Times 146

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Knill 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Knill 2005; Vabulas and Hartl 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Vabulas and Hartl 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Helmuth et al. 2002)

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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