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
Klasse, P.J., 2013. Structural biology. A new bundle of prospects for blocking HIV-1 entry. Science 341, 1347–1348.
A journal article with 2 authors
Goedert, M., Cheng, Y., 2015. Parkinson’s disease: Crystals of a toxic core. Nature 525, 458–459.
A journal article with 3 authors
Griffin, A.S., West, S.A., Buckling, A., 2004. Cooperation and competition in pathogenic bacteria. Nature 430, 1024–1027.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Bock, J.B., Matern, H.T., Peden, A.A., Scheller, R.H., 2001. A genomic perspective on membrane compartment organization. Nature 409, 839–841.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bojowald, M., 2012. The Universe: A View from Classical and Quantum Gravity. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany.
An edited book
Baranauskas, M.C.C., Liu, K., Sun, L., Neris, V.P. de A., Bonacin, R., Nakata, K. (Eds.), 2016. Socially Aware Organisations and Technologies. Impact and Challenges: 17th IFIP WG 8.1 International Conference on Informatics and Semiotics in Organisations, ICISO 2016, Campinas, Brazil, August 1-3, 2016, Proceedings, IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Fleischer, T., Jahnel, J., Seitz, S.B., 2014. Technology Assessment Beyond Toxicology – The Case of Nanomaterials, in: Arnaldi, S., Ferrari, A., Magaudda, P., Marin, F. (Eds.), Responsibility in Nanotechnology Development, The International Library of Ethics, Law and Technology. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp. 79–96.

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
Andrew, E., 2014. New Order of Marine Animals Discovered [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. Highway Trust Fund: Financial Condition as of September 30, 1997 (No. RCED-98-171R). 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
Ng, A., 2012. Exploring the perceptions of health care leaders: Colorectal cancer screening barriers among Chinese Canadian women (Doctoral dissertation). University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ.

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
Wogan, J., 2016. When in London: Modern English. New York Times M264.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Klasse, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Goedert and Cheng, 2015; Klasse, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Goedert and Cheng, 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Bock et al., 2001)

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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