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
Weaver HA. 2004. Not a rubble pile? Science. 304(5678):1760–1762.
A journal article with 2 authors
Zampieri N, Chao MV. 2004. Structural biology. The p75 NGF receptor exposed. Science. 304(5672):833–834.
A journal article with 3 authors
Crespo-Hernández CE, Cohen B, Kohler B. 2005. Base stacking controls excited-state dynamics in A.T DNA. Nature. 436(7054):1141–1144.
A journal article with 12 or more authors
Yanik MF, Cinar H, Cinar HN, Chisholm AD, Jin Y, Ben-Yakar A. 2004. Neurosurgery: functional regeneration after laser axotomy. Nature. 432(7019):822.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Chitty J, Raftery A. 2013. Essentials of Tortoise Medicine and Surgery. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Holovaty A. 2008. The Definitive Guide to Django: Web Development Done Right. Kaplan-Moss J, editor. Berkeley, CA: Apress.
A chapter in an edited book
Sullivan JC. 2015. Sex Differences in Angiotensin II Hypertension. In: Hyndman KA, Pannabecker TL, editors. Sodium and Water Homeostasis: Comparative, Evolutionary and Genetic Models. New York, NY: Springer; p. 91–117.

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
Andrews R. 2016. New Superbug-Killing Antibiotic Found Hiding Inside Our Own Noses. 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. 1993. Test and Evaluation: DOD Has Been Slow In Improving Testing of Software-Intensive Systems. 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
Jones JD. 2013. Parental attachment style: Links with parent and adolescent perceptions of parenting and observed secure base behaviors [Doctoral dissertation]. College Park, MD: University of Maryland, College Park.

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
Billard M. 2010. All Wrapped Up in McQueen. New York Times.:E5.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Weaver 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Zampieri and Chao 2004; Weaver 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Zampieri and Chao 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Yanik et al. 2004)

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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