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
Sandrian MG (2015) A European postdoc for the family. Science 347:346
A journal article with 2 authors
Oganov AR, Ono S (2004) Theoretical and experimental evidence for a post-perovskite phase of MgSiO3 in Earth’s D" layer. Nature 430:445–448
A journal article with 3 authors
Rozitis B, MacLennan E, Emery JP (2014) Cohesive forces prevent the rotational breakup of rubble-pile asteroid (29075) 1950 DA. Nature 512:174–176
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Mossman KD, Campi G, Groves JT, Dustin ML (2005) Altered TCR signaling from geometrically repatterned immunological synapses. Science 310:1191–1193

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Stafford F (2012) Reading Romantic Poetry. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Sporleder C, Bosch A van D, Zervanou K (eds) (2011) Language Technology for Cultural Heritage: Selected Papers from the LaTeCH Workshop Series. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Wieloch K, Filipowska A, Kaczmarek M (2011) Autocompletion for Business Process Modelling. In: Abramowicz W, Maciaszek L, Węcel K (eds) Business Information Systems Workshops: BIS 2011 International Workshops and BPSC International Conference, Poznań, Poland, June 15-17, 2011. Revised Papers. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 30–40

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) What Is Habitat III And Why Does It Matter? A Beginner’s Guide To The New Urban Agenda. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/environment/what-is-habitat-and-why-does-it-matter-a-beginners-guide-to-the-new-urban-agenda/. 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 (2000) NASA’s Administrative Review of a Patent Infringement Claim. 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
Stanford V (2016) Finding theatre from within: Augusto Boal’s Games for Non-Actors in an Introduction to Acting class. 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
Kishkovsky S (2011) Russia: Abortion Restrictions Signed. New York Times A5

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Sandrian 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Oganov and Ono 2004; Sandrian 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Oganov and Ono 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Mossman et al. 2005)

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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