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
Myhrvold, N.P., 2015. Comment on “Evidence for mesothermy in dinosaurs.” Science 348, 982.
A journal article with 2 authors
Armstrong, J.B., Schindler, D.E., 2011. Excess digestive capacity in predators reflects a life of feast and famine. Nature 476, 84–87.
A journal article with 3 authors
Jeganathan, K.B., Malureanu, L., van Deursen, J.M., 2005. The Rae1-Nup98 complex prevents aneuploidy by inhibiting securin degradation. Nature 438, 1036–1039.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Zhu, F., Gujar, H., Gordon, J.R., Haynes, K.F., Potter, M.F., Palli, S.R., 2013. Bed bugs evolved unique adaptive strategy to resist pyrethroid insecticides. Sci. Rep. 3, 1456.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lane, C., 2011. Magnolia. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK.
An edited book
Reimer, H., Pohlmann, N., Schneider, W. (Eds.), 2014. ISSE 2014 Securing Electronic Business Processes: Highlights of the Information Security Solutions Europe 2014 Conference. Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden.
A chapter in an edited book
Denkowski, M., Chlebiej, M., Mikołajczak, P., 2008. Modeling of 3D Scene Based on Series of Photographs Taken with Different Depth-of-Field, in: Bubak, M., Albada, G.D. van, Dongarra, J., Sloot, P.M.A. (Eds.), Computational Science – ICCS 2008: 8th International Conference, Kraków, Poland, June 23-25, 2008, Proceedings, Part II, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 25–34.

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. Giant Bat Walked On All Fours 16 Million Years Ago in New Zealand [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, 2007. Highway Emergency Relief: Reexamination Needed to Address Fiscal Imbalance and Long-term Sustainability (No. GAO-07-245). 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
Betito, J.-J.H., 2012. Improving the well-being of Filipino homebound adults through religious involvement, education, and socialization: A grant proposal (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, 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
Kelly, C., 2016. ‘The Only Girl in the Building.’ New York Times AR8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Myhrvold, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Armstrong and Schindler, 2011; Myhrvold, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Armstrong and Schindler, 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Zhu et al., 2013)

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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