How to format your references using the Molecular Plant Pathology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Molecular Plant Pathology. 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
Baulcombe, D.C. (2007) Molecular biology. Amplified silencing. Science (New York, N.Y.), 315, 199–200.
A journal article with 2 authors
Giovanoli, S. & Meyer, U. (2013) Response to comment on “Stress in puberty unmasks latent neuropathological consequences of prenatal immune activation in mice.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 340, 811.
A journal article with 3 authors
Cubitt, T.S., Perez-Garcia, D. & Wolf, M.M. (2015) Undecidability of the spectral gap. Nature, 528, 207–211.
A journal article with 10 or more authors
Weston, W., Zayas, J., Perez, R., George, J. & Jurecic, R. (2014) Dynamic equilibrium of heterogeneous and interconvertible multipotent hematopoietic cell subsets. Scientific reports, 4, 5199.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Knopf, F.C. (2011) Modeling, Analysis and Optimization of Process and Energy Systems. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Krowne, C.M. & Zhang, Y. eds. (2007) Physics of Negative Refraction and Negative Index Materials: Optical and Electronic Aspects and Diversified Approaches. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Gunderson, E.P. (2014) Epidemiologic Trends and Maternal Risk Factors Predicting Postpartum Weight Retention. In: Nicholson, W. and Baptiste-Roberts, K. (Eds.) Obesity During Pregnancy in Clinical Practice. London: Springer, pp. 77–97.

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 Molecular Plant Pathology.

Blog post
Andrew, D. (2015) Watch How This Insanely Clever Orca Catches A Bird. IFLScience.


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 (2013) VA Education Benefits: VA Needs to Improve Program Management and Provide More Timely Information to Students. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Becker, L.A. (2010) Noncredit to credit transitions: The role of cultural capital and habitus for adult immigrant learners in the community college. Doctoral dissertation, Long Beach, CA, 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
Vecsey, G. (2010) U.S. Team Needs A Bradley or Two. New York Times, D1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Baulcombe, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Baulcombe, 2007; Giovanoli and Meyer, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Giovanoli and Meyer, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Weston et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleMolecular Plant Pathology
AbbreviationMol. Plant Pathol.
ISSN (print)1464-6722
ISSN (online)1364-3703
ScopeAgronomy and Crop Science
Plant Science
Soil Science
Molecular Biology

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