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
Butt H-J (2011) Materials science. Controlling the flow of suspensions. Science 331:868–869
A journal article with 2 authors
Rosenberg SA, Restifo NP (2015) Adoptive cell transfer as personalized immunotherapy for human cancer. Science 348:62–68
A journal article with 3 authors
Friedberg EC, Wagner R, Radman M (2002) Specialized DNA polymerases, cellular survival, and the genesis of mutations. Science 296:1627–1630
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Vrebalov J, Ruezinsky D, Padmanabhan V, et al (2002) A MADS-box gene necessary for fruit ripening at the tomato ripening-inhibitor (rin) locus. Science 296:343–346

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Akcoglu MA, Bartha PFA, Ha DM (2009) Analysis in Vector Spaces. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Dobkin PL (2016) Mindful Medical Practitioners: A Guide for Clinicians and Educators. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Egamberdieva D (2016) Bacillus spp.: A Potential Plant Growth Stimulator and Biocontrol Agent Under Hostile Environmental Conditions. In: Islam MT, Rahman M, Pandey P, et al. (eds) Bacilli and Agrobiotechnology. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 91–111

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) A Mind-Bending Mirror Illusion Turns Circles Into Squares. 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 (1980) NASA Lewis Research Center Attempts To Procure Suitable Wind Turbine Rotor Blades. 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
Krishnan R (2014) Generalized Conditional Matching Algorithm for Ordered and Unordered Sets. Doctoral dissertation, University of South Florida

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
Kenigsberg B (2017) Left on Purpose. New York Times C9

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Butt 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Butt 2011; Rosenberg and Restifo 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Rosenberg and Restifo 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Vrebalov et al. 2002)

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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