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
Boyd RW (2015) Nuclear physics: Neutrons with a twist. Nature 525:462–464
A journal article with 2 authors
Schumacher TN, Schreiber RD (2015) Neoantigens in cancer immunotherapy. Science 348:69–74
A journal article with 3 authors
Chen A, Wang S, Pacala SW (2012) Comment on “Global correlations in tropical tree species richness and abundance reject neutrality.” Science 336:1639; author reply 1639
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Macrae IJ, Zhou K, Li F, et al (2006) Structural basis for double-stranded RNA processing by Dicer. Science 311:195–198

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Mory M (2013) Fluid Mechanics for Chemical Engineering. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ USA
An edited book
Haberfeld MR, Sheehan D (eds) (2013) Match-Fixing in International Sports: Existing Processes, Law Enforcement, and Prevention Strategies. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Majumder M, Ghosh S (2013) Methodology. In: Ghosh S (ed) Decision Making Algorithms for Hydro-Power Plant Location. Springer, Singapore, pp 35–56

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
Taub B (2016) T-Rex May Have Had Lips Covering Up Its Teeth. 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 (1977) Security of Computer Systems. 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
Addington LM (2012) Students’ Preferences for Information Sources during the Undergraduate College Search Process: The Influence of Technology. Doctoral dissertation, George Washington 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
(nyt) SK (2004) World Briefing | Europe: Russia: Apology Demanded For Latvian Insult. New York Times A12

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Boyd 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Schumacher and Schreiber 2015; Boyd 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Schumacher and Schreiber 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Macrae et al. 2006)

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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