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
Dawkins R (2010) Retrospective. George C. Williams (1926-2010). Science 330:49
A journal article with 2 authors
Schneider RA, Helms JA (2003) The cellular and molecular origins of beak morphology. Science 299:565–568
A journal article with 3 authors
Helled R, Galanti E, Kaspi Y (2015) Saturn’s fast spin determined from its gravitational field and oblateness. Nature 520:202–204
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Rocks O, Peyker A, Kahms M, et al (2005) An acylation cycle regulates localization and activity of palmitoylated Ras isoforms. Science 307:1746–1752

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Coleman DD, Westcott DA, Harkins BE (2016) CWSP®: Certified Wireless Security Professional Study Guide CWSP-205. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana
An edited book
Sucaet Y (2014) Digital Pathology. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Douglass JA (2016) Considering National Context and Other Variables. In: Douglass JA (ed) The New Flagship University: Changing the Paradigm from Global Ranking to National Relevancy. Palgrave Macmillan US, New York, NY, pp 103–112

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) Sex Offending May Be In The Genes But Knowing That Won’t Prevent It. 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 (2008) Federal-Aid Highways: Increased Reliance on Contractors Can Pose Oversight Challenges for Federal and State Officials. 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
Wright NC (2010) The association between rheumatoid arthritis, bone strength, and body composition within the women’s health initiative. 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
Berkman S (2017) After Harvey Is Disciplined, The Marlins Punish His Fill-In. New York Times D3

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Dawkins 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Schneider and Helms 2003; Dawkins 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Schneider and Helms 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Rocks et al. 2005)

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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