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
Goldston D. 2007. Small advances. Nature. 450:1141.
A journal article with 2 authors
Cameron R, Schüssler M. 2015. Solar physics. The crucial role of surface magnetic fields for the solar dynamo. Science. 347:1333–1335.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hayashi K, Yoshida K, Matsui Y. 2005. A histone H3 methyltransferase controls epigenetic events required for meiotic prophase. Nature. 438:374–378.
A journal article with 12 or more authors
Fukuda S, Toh H, Hase K, Oshima K, Nakanishi Y, Yoshimura K, Tobe T, Clarke JM, Topping DL, Suzuki T, et al. 2011. Bifidobacteria can protect from enteropathogenic infection through production of acetate. Nature. 469:543–547.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rodgers N. 2000. Learning to Reason. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Kauczor H-U, Bäuerle T, editors. 2015. Imaging of Complications and Toxicity following Tumor Therapy. 1st ed. 2016. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Nica DV, Bordean D-M, Borozan AB, Gergen I, Bura M, Banatean-Dunea I. 2013. Use of Land Snails (Pulmonata) for Monitoring Copper Pollution in Terrestrial Ecosystems. In: Whitacre DM, editor. Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. New York, NY: Springer; p. 95–137.

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. Groundbreaking Skin Cancer Treatment Given Approval In Record Time. IFLScience [Internet]. [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from:


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. 1992. Stafford Student Loans: Lower Subsidy Payments Could Achieve Savings Without Affecting Access. 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
Monk KJ. 2014. Effects of distractors and force feedback on an aimed movement task in a CDTI environment [Doctoral dissertation]. Long Beach, CA: 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
Stewart JB. 2016. Markets Skittish Over Deutsche’s Exposure. New York Times.:B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hamer 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Smaglik 2003; de Jong 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Cameron & Schüssler 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Petrie et al. 2001)

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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