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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Plant Research. 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
Cooper B (2012) Turing centenary: The incomputable reality. Nature 482:465
A journal article with 2 authors
Wei H-R, Deng F-G (2014) Scalable quantum computing based on stationary spin qubits in coupled quantum dots inside double-sided optical microcavities. Sci Rep 4:7551
A journal article with 3 authors
Fedorov AV, Brierley CM, Emanuel K (2010) Tropical cyclones and permanent El Niño in the early Pliocene epoch. Nature 463:1066–1070
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Nagata T, Okamoto R, O’brien JL, et al (2007) Beating the standard quantum limit with four-entangled photons. Science 316:726–729

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
P. Wen E, Ellis R, S. Pujar N (2014) Vaccine Development and Manufacturing. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Hanus M (ed) (2009) Logic-Based Program Synthesis and Transformation: 18th International Symposium, LOPSTR 2008, Valencia, Spain, July 17-18, 2008, Revised Selected Papers. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Kleiber M, Kowalczyk P (2016) Description of Stress State. In: Kowalczyk P (ed) Introduction to Nonlinear Thermomechanics of Solids. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 115–141

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 Research.

Blog post
Hamilton K (2016) Facebook’s Algorithms Give It More Editorial Responsibility – Not Less. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/technology/facebooks-algorithms-give-it-more-editorial-responsibility-not-less/. Accessed 30 Oct 2018

Reports

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 (1996) Information Technology: Streamlining FHA’s Single Family Housing Operations. 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
Solano EA (2012) Hindemith’s Sonata for Viola, ope 11, no.4 A compositional and historical perspective. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Kenigsberg B (2017) Boris Without Beatrice. New York Times C7

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Cooper 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Cooper 2012; Wei and Deng 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Wei and Deng 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Nagata et al. 2007)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Plant Research
AbbreviationJ. Plant Res.
ISSN (print)0918-9440
ISSN (online)1618-0860
ScopePlant Science

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