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
Currey, J.D. (2005) Materials science. Hierarchies in biomineral structures. Science (New York, N.Y.), 309, 253–254.
A journal article with 2 authors
Srokosz, M.A. & Bryden, H.L. (2015) OCEAN CIRCULATION. Observing the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation yields a decade of inevitable surprises. Science (New York, N.Y.), 348, 1255575.
A journal article with 3 authors
Moyen, J.-F., Stevens, G. & Kisters, A. (2006) Record of mid-Archaean subduction from metamorphism in the Barberton terrain, South Africa. Nature, 442, 559–562.
A journal article with 10 or more authors
Nagano, T., Mitchell, J.A., Sanz, L.A., Pauler, F.M., Ferguson-Smith, A.C., Feil, R., et al. (2008) The Air noncoding RNA epigenetically silences transcription by targeting G9a to chromatin. Science (New York, N.Y.), 322, 1717–1720.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Dooner, D.B. (2012) Kinematic Geometry of Gearing. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Csurka, G., Kraus, M., Laramee, R.S., Richard, P. & Braz, J. eds. (2013) Computer Vision, Imaging and Computer Graphics. Theory and Application: 7th International Joint Conference, VISIGRAPP 2012, Rome, Italy, February 24-26, 2012, Revised Selected Papers. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Altmann, K.-H. (2009) Preclinical Pharmacology and Structure-Activity Studies of Epothilones. In: Höfle, G., Müller, R., Mulzer, J., and Prantz, K. (Eds.) The Epothilones: An Outstanding Family of Anti-Tumor Agents: From Soil to the Clinic Fortschritte der Chemie organischer Naturstoffe / Progress in the Chemistry of Organic Natural Products. Vienna: Springer, pp. 157–220.

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
Davis, J. (2016) Endangered Frog May Be Developing Resistance To Deadly Fungus. 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 (2011) General Aviation: Security Assessments at Selected Airports. 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
Faye, C. (2017) Dust. Doctoral dissertation, Edwardsville, IL, Southern Illinois University.

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
Greenhouse, L. (2006) Justices Grant Death Row Inmate a New Hearing in 1985 Tennessee Murder. New York Times, A18.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Currey, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Currey, 2005; Srokosz and Bryden, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Srokosz and Bryden, 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Nagano et al., 2008)

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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