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
Butt, Y., 2009. Beyond the myth of the supernova-remnant origin of cosmic rays. Nature 460, 701–704.
A journal article with 2 authors
Korkusinski, M., Hawrylak, P., 2014. Quantum strain sensor with a topological insulator HgTe quantum dot. Sci. Rep. 4, 4903.
A journal article with 3 authors
Spillane, S.M., Kippenberg, T.J., Vahala, K.J., 2002. Ultralow-threshold Raman laser using a spherical dielectric microcavity. Nature 415, 621–623.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Lakhani, S.A., Masud, A., Kuida, K., Porter, G.A., Jr, Booth, C.J., Mehal, W.Z., Inayat, I., Flavell, R.A., 2006. Caspases 3 and 7: key mediators of mitochondrial events of apoptosis. Science 311, 847–851.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Christophers, B., 2013. Banking Across Boundaries. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford.
An edited book
Salah, A.A., Kröse, B.J.A., Cook, D.J. (Eds.), 2015. Human Behavior Understanding: 6th International Workshop, HBU 2015, Osaka, Japan, September 8, 2015, Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Martins, T.E., 2016. Student Views on Cross-Border Higher Education: The Views of the European Students’ Union, in: Rosa, M.J., Sarrico, C.S., Tavares, O., Amaral, A. (Eds.), Cross-Border Higher Education and Quality Assurance: Commerce, the Services Directive and Governing Higher Education. Palgrave Macmillan UK, London, pp. 93–102.

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. How Much Gold and Silver Is Hidden Within Volcanoes? [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, 2015. Aviation Security: TSA Should Take Additional Action to Obtain Stakeholder Input when Modifying the Prohibited Items List (No. GAO-15-261). 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
Gurska, D.P., 2017. Peering Down the Bottomless Well: Myth in Thomas Mann’s Joseph Tetralogy (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
Sophia Kishkovsky; Compiled by, 2005. Arts, Briefly; New Home for Private Art. New York Times E2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Butt, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Butt, 2009; Korkusinski and Hawrylak, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Korkusinski and Hawrylak, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Lakhani et al., 2006)

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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