How to format your references using the New Negatives in Plant Science citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for New Negatives in Plant Science. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
J. Ory, Scientists and societies. Two-body problem, Nature. 429 (2004) 788.
A journal article with 2 authors
S. Pacala, R. Socolow, Stabilization wedges: solving the climate problem for the next 50 years with current technologies, Science. 305 (2004) 968–972.
A journal article with 3 authors
K.L. Hess, C.J. Corda, K.M. Lanese, SPORE series winner. Science Buddies: advancing informal science education, Science. 332 (2011) 550–551.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
J. Zhang, B. Sun, X. Huang, S. Chen, G. Wang, Honeycomb-like porous gel polymer electrolyte membrane for lithium ion batteries with enhanced safety, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 6007.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R. Stone, J.D. Gutiérrez-Albilla, A Companion to Luis Buñuel, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK, 2013.
An edited book
J.J. Chattot, Theoretical and Applied Aerodynamics: and Related Numerical Methods, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
S. Kombrink, M. Hannemann, L. Burget, Out-of-Vocabulary Word Detection and Beyond, in: D. Weinshall, J. Anemüller, L. van Gool (Eds.), Detection and Identification of Rare Audiovisual Cues, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012: pp. 57–65.

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 New Negatives in Plant Science.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Giant Clams Could Inspire Better Solar Panels, IFLScience. (2014).


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, Applications Technology Satellite F and G Project, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1973.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
D. Nannapaneni, Factors associated with HPV acceptability among parents, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2015.

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
M. Billard, Yogi Guardians, On a Healing Mission, New York Times. (2011) MB4.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleNew Negatives in Plant Science
AbbreviationNew Negat. Plant Sci.
ISSN (print)2352-0264
ScopePlant Science
Molecular Biology

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