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
Holdren JP (2005) Retrospective. Joseph Rotblat (1908-2005). Science 310:633
A journal article with 2 authors
Sinha DK, Smith CM (2014) Selection of reference genes for expression analysis in Diuraphis noxia (Hemiptera: Aphididae) fed on resistant and susceptible wheat plants. Sci Rep 4:5059
A journal article with 3 authors
Prytkova TR, Kurnikov IV, Beratan DN (2007) Coupling coherence distinguishes structure sensitivity in protein electron transfer. Science 315:622–625
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Rohling EJ, Haigh ID, Foster GL, et al (2013) A geological perspective on potential future sea-level rise. Sci Rep 3:3461

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Balfour A (2012) Solomon’s Temple. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Krcmar H, Reussner R, Rumpe B (eds) (2014) Trusted Cloud Computing. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Shin I, Kim M, Choo H (2008) On Generating Backbone Trees through Robust Multi-hop Clusters in Wireless Sensor Networks. In: Lee S, Choo H, Ha S, Shin IC (eds) Computer-Human Interaction: 8th Asia-Pacific Conference, APCHI 2008 Seoul, Korea, July 6-9, 2008 Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 30–39

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) The Apple Car Will Be Really Different … If It Exists. 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 (1991) Uncertainties Surrounding IRS’ Fiscal Year 1992 Budget Request for Tax System Modernization. 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
Eggleston BP (2014) An Investigation of the Difference in Student Achievement during the Middle School Transition Years. Doctoral dissertation, Lindenwood 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
Hartocollis A, Taylor K (2013) After an Introduction by de Blasio, a Brooklyn Hospital Hired His Wife. New York Times A24

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Holdren 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Holdren 2005; Sinha and Smith 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Sinha and Smith 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Rohling et al. 2013)

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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