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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Plant Physiology. 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
Paytan, A., 2000. Global change. Iron uncertainty. Nature 406, 468–469.
A journal article with 2 authors
Blazes, D.L., Russell, K.L., 2011. Medicine in war and peace: joining forces. Nature 477, 395–396.
A journal article with 3 authors
Fowler, J.H., Johnson, T., Smirnov, O., 2005. Human behaviour: Egalitarian motive and altruistic punishment. Nature 433, 1 p following 32; discussion following 32.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Meshorer, E., Erb, C., Gazit, R., Pavlovsky, L., Kaufer, D., Friedman, A., Glick, D., Ben-Arie, N., Soreq, H., 2002. Alternative splicing and neuritic mRNA translocation under long-term neuronal hypersensitivity. Science 295, 508–512.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hu, J.C., 2011. Asset Securitization. John Wiley & Sons (Asia) Pte. Ltd., 2 Clementi Loop, #02-01, Singapore 129809.
An edited book
Laghi, A., 2009. Protocolli di studio in TC spirale multistrato: Vol. 2 • Vascolare. Springer, Milano.
A chapter in an edited book
Rebohle, L., Skorupa, W., 2010. Electroluminescence Efficiency, in: Skorupa, W. (Ed.), Rare-Earth Implanted MOS Devices for Silicon Photonics: Microstructural, Electrical and Optoelectronic Properties, Springer Series in Materials Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 85–116.

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 Physiology.

Blog post
Fang, J., 2015. Indo-European Languages Originated 6,000 Years Ago in Russian Grasslands [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1998. FCC: Reallocation of TV Channels 60-69, the 746-806 MHz Band (No. OGC-98-31). 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
Ziv, A., 2014. Dynamics in interactions with digital technology: A depth psychological/theoretical exploration of the evolutionary-biological, symbolic, and emotional psyche in the digital age (Doctoral dissertation). Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA.

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
Koblin, J., 2017. AMC and Comcast to Offer A Commercial-Free Option. New York Times B2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Paytan, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Blazes and Russell, 2011; Paytan, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Blazes and Russell, 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Meshorer et al., 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Plant Physiology
AbbreviationJ. Plant Physiol.
ISSN (print)0176-1617
ScopeAgronomy and Crop Science
Plant Science

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