How to format your references using the Journal of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology (J. Plant Biochem. Biotechnol.). 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
Normile D (2000) AGRICULTURE: Variety Spices Up Chinese Rice Yields. Science 289:1122b–3b
A journal article with 2 authors
Wulder MA, Coops NC (2014) Satellites: Make Earth observations open access. Nature 513:30–31
A journal article with 3 authors
Junge W, Sielaff H, Engelbrecht S (2009) Torque generation and elastic power transmission in the rotary F(O)F(1)-ATPase. Nature 459:364–370
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Chen X, Park H-R, Lindquist NC, et al (2014) Squeezing millimeter waves through a single, nanometer-wide, centimeter-long slit. Sci Rep 4:6722

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Klir GJ (2005) Uncertainty and Information. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Verma AK (2011) Dependability of Networked Computer-based Systems. Springer, London
A chapter in an edited book
Dreżewski R, Woźniak P, Siwik L (2009) Agent-Based Evolutionary System for Traveling Salesman Problem. In: Corchado E, Wu X, Oja E, et al. (eds) Hybrid Artificial Intelligence Systems: 4th International Conference, HAIS 2009, Salamanca, Spain, June 10-12, 2009. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 34–41

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 Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology.

Blog post
Taub B (2016) NASA Will Soon Let Private Companies Attach Modules To The ISS. 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) Highlights of a Forum: Transforming Transportation Policy for the 21st Century. 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
Berezin S (2009) Catechols as membrane anion transporters. Doctoral dissertation, University of Maryland, College Park

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
Kishkovsky S, Barry E (2013) At Bolshoi, Regrets And a New Appointment. New York Times C1

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Abbott 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Walsh 2013; Moran 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Wulder and Coops 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Evans et al. 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology
AbbreviationJ. Plant Biochem. Biotechnol.
ISSN (print)0971-7811
ISSN (online)0974-1275
ScopeAgronomy and Crop Science
Plant Science

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