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. 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
Nielsen J (2015) BIOENGINEERING. Yeast cell factories on the horizon. Science 349:1050–1051
A journal article with 2 authors
Robeva R, Laubenbacher R (2009) Mathematical biology education: beyond calculus. Science 325:542–543
A journal article with 3 authors
Guo F-Q, Okamoto M, Crawford NM (2003) Identification of a plant nitric oxide synthase gene involved in hormonal signaling. Science 302:100–103
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Ning W, Kong F, Han Y, et al (2014) Robust surface state transport in thin bismuth nanoribbons. Sci Rep 4:7086

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Weiss J (2016) Handbook of Ion Chromatography. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany
An edited book
Osei-Bryson K-M, Ngwenyama O (eds) (2014) Advances in Research Methods for Information Systems Research: Data Mining, Data Envelopment Analysis, Value Focused Thinking. Springer US, Boston, MA
A chapter in an edited book
Esler M (2012) Sympathetic Neural and Adrenal Medullary Mechanisms in Depression and Panic Disorder. In: Hjemdahl P, Steptoe A, Rosengren A (eds) Stress and Cardiovascular Disease. Springer, London, pp 55–69

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
Andrew E (2015) How Do Our Brains Reconstruct The Visual World? 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) Space Shuttle: NASA’s Procurement of Solid Rocket Booster Motors. 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
Balakrishnan G (2017) Cognitive radio cooperative spectrum sensing. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Paulson M (2017) Trump Twitter Quarrel With Michael Moore. New York Times C3

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Nielsen 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Robeva and Laubenbacher 2009; Nielsen 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Robeva and Laubenbacher 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Ning et al. 2014)

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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