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
Ellsworth, W.L., 2013. Injection-induced earthquakes. Science 341, 1225942.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sachs, J., Malaney, P., 2002. The economic and social burden of malaria. Nature 415, 680–685.
A journal article with 3 authors
Zhang, K., Zhang, Y., Wang, S., 2013. Enhancing thermoelectric properties of organic composites through hierarchical nanostructures. Sci. Rep. 3, 3448.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Tijsterman, M., Ketting, R.F., Okihara, K.L., Sijen, T., Plasterk, R.H.A., 2002. RNA helicase MUT-14-dependent gene silencing triggered in C. elegans by short antisense RNAs. Science 295, 694–697.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Cauvin, C., Escobar, F., Serradj, A., 2013. Thematic Cartography and Transformations. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Voros, N., Mukherjee, A., Sklavos, N., Masselos, K., Huebner, M. (Eds.), 2011. VLSI 2010 Annual Symposium: Selected papers, Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Meyer, D., Bodenheimer, H.C., 2010. Extrahepatic Manifestations of Chronic Hepatitis C Infection, in: Shetty, K., Wu, G.Y. (Eds.), Chronic Viral Hepatitis: Diagnosis and Therapeutics. Humana Press, Totowa, NJ, pp. 135–157.

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
Davis, J., 2017. Brown Bears Are Seriously Active Hunters And Feast On Caribou Calves [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, 2010. For-Profit Schools: Large Schools and Schools that Specialize in Healthcare Are More Likely to Rely Heavily on Federal Student Aid (No. GAO-11-4). 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
Hobbs, E., 2017. Rehearing Florence Price: A Closer Look at Her Symphony in E Minor (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
White, M.J.O., 2016. Don’t Slap Cuffs on the S.E.C. New York Times A27.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ellsworth, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Ellsworth, 2013; Sachs and Malaney, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Sachs and Malaney, 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Tijsterman 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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