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
Ward MD (2003) Materials science. Molecular fuel tanks. Science 300:1104–1105
A journal article with 2 authors
Isalan M, Morrison M (2009) This title is false. Nature 458:969
A journal article with 3 authors
Penner JE, Rotstayn LD, Crowley TJ (2000) Indirect aerosol forcing. Science 290:407a
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Mou X, Sun S, Edwards RA, et al (2008) Bacterial carbon processing by generalist species in the coastal ocean. Nature 451:708–711

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Caban S, Mehlführer C, Rupp M, Wrulich M (2011) Evaluation of HSDPA and LTE. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Panico G (2016) The Composite Nambu-Goldstone Higgs. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Mostafa H, Kumar A, Lau HC (2016) Simultaneous Optimization and Sampling of Agent Trajectories over a Network. In: Osman N, Sierra C (eds) Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems: AAMAS 2016 Workshops, Visionary Papers, Singapore, Singapore, May 9-10, 2016, Revised Selected Papers. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 50–66

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 D (2015) Watch A Glass Mantis Eating Eating A Fly. 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 (1992) NASA: Choices and Challenges. 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
Mavromati A (2012) One Foot In. 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
McKINLEY J, Mueller B (2015) Glimpses Inside Secretive Sect After Teenager’s Fatal Beating. New York Times A1

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ward 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Ward 2003; Isalan and Morrison 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Isalan and Morrison 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Mou et al. 2008)

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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