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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Plant Interactions. 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
Ashrafian H. 2015. Intelligent robots must uphold human rights. Nature. 519(7544):391.
A journal article with 2 authors
Fischer J, Loss D. 2009. Physics. Dealing with decoherence. Science. 324(5932):1277–1278.
A journal article with 3 authors
Maharana C, Sharma KP, Sharma SK. 2013. Feedback mechanism in depolarization-induced sustained activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase in the hippocampus. Sci Rep. 3:1103.
A journal article with 12 or more authors
Makris NC, Ratilal P, Symonds DT, Jagannathan S, Lee S, Nero RW. 2006. Fish population and behavior revealed by instantaneous continental shelf-scale imaging. Science. 311(5761):660–663.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bobrow J, Kohn E, Mondragon-Gilmore J, Eggenschwiler J. 2009. CliffsNotes® Praxis I®: PPST®. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Publishing, Inc.
An edited book
Gil Chaves ID. 2016. Process Analysis and Simulation in Chemical Engineering. 1st ed. 2016. López JRG, García Zapata JL, Leguizamón Robayo A, Rodríguez Niño G, editors. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Rønning H. 2016. How Much Soft Power Does China Have in Africa? In: Zhang X, Wasserman H, Mano W, editors. China’s Media and Soft Power in Africa: Promotion and Perceptions. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan US; p. 65–78.

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 Interactions.

Blog post
Davis J. 2016. Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Discovered In Rio de Janeiro Waterways Ahead Of Olymics. IFLScience [Internet]. [accessed 2018 Oct 30].


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. 1978. NORAD’s Information Processing Improvement Program: Will It Enhance Mission Capability? Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Bryant JD. 2014. The Investigation of Self-Determination in Students Participating in Higher Education with an Invisible Disability [Doctoral dissertation]. St. Charles, MO: 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
Kishkovsky S. 2011. Russian Orthodox Church Adds Influential Voice to Calls for Election Reform. New York Times.:A7.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ashrafian 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Fischer and Loss 2009; Ashrafian 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Fischer and Loss 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Makris et al. 2006)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Plant Interactions
AbbreviationJ. Plant Interact.
ISSN (print)1742-9145
ISSN (online)1742-9153
ScopeEcology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
Plant Science

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