How to format your references using the Journal of Plant Growth Regulation citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Plant Growth Regulation. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Gühr M (2012) Chemistry. Getting molecular electrons into motion. Science 335:1314–1315
A journal article with 2 authors
Embley TM, Williams TA (2015) Evolution: Steps on the road to eukaryotes. Nature 521:169–170
A journal article with 3 authors
Lee CC, Hu Y, Ribbe MW (2010) Vanadium nitrogenase reduces CO. Science 329:642
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Vemula PK, Kohler JE, Blass A, et al (2014) Self-assembled hydrogel fibers for sensing the multi-compartment intracellular milieu. Sci Rep 4:4466

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Girling P (2013) Operational Risk Management. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Diederich J (ed) (2008) Rule Extraction from Support Vector Machines. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Wintergerst U, Rosenzweig SD, Abinun M, et al (2008) Phagocytes Defects. In: Rezaei N, Aghamohammadi A, Notarangelo LD (eds) Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases: Definition, Diagnosis, and Management. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 131–166

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 Growth Regulation.

Blog post
Hale T (2016) The World’s Largest Pyramid Is Hidden Under A Hill. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/the-worlds-largest-pyramid-is-hidden-under-a-hill/. Accessed 30 Oct 2018

Reports

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 (2013) Information Technology: OMB and Agencies Need to Fully Implement Major Initiatives to Save Billions of Dollars. 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
Laird EC (2012) Training social workers to use solution-focused interviewing with Child Protective Services clients: A grant proposal. 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
Pilon M (2012) Game Time Is Adjusted; Jewish School Will Play. New York Times B9

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gühr 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Gühr 2012; Embley and Williams 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Embley and Williams 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Vemula et al. 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Plant Growth Regulation
AbbreviationJ. Plant Growth Regul.
ISSN (print)0721-7595
ISSN (online)1435-8107
ScopeAgronomy and Crop Science
Plant Science

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