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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Physiological and 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
D. Seliktar, Designing cell-compatible hydrogels for biomedical applications, Science. 336 (2012) 1124–1128.
A journal article with 2 authors
B. Shneiderman, J. Preece, Public health., Science. 315 (2007) 944.
A journal article with 3 authors
C. Li, A. Zhou, T. Sang, Rice domestication by reducing shattering, Science. 311 (2006) 1936–1939.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
M. Recker, S. Nee, P.C. Bull, S. Kinyanjui, K. Marsh, C. Newbold, S. Gupta, Transient cross-reactive immune responses can orchestrate antigenic variation in malaria, Nature. 429 (2004) 555–558.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J.-M. Franssen, P. Vila Real, Fire Design of Steel Structures, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany, 2016.
An edited book
D. Leszczynski, ed., Radiation Proteomics: The effects of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation on cells and tissues, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
O. Namy, J.-P. Rousset, Specification of Standard Amino Acids by Stop Codons, in: J.F. Atkins, R.F. Gesteland (Eds.), Recoding: Expansion of Decoding Rules Enriches Gene Expression, Springer, New York, NY, 2010: pp. 79–100.

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 Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Shark Week Is Lying To People Again, IFLScience. (2014). (accessed October 30, 2018).


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, ADP Budget Analysis: SSA’s Information Systems Funding for Fiscal Years 1988 and 1989, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1988.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
C. Geist, The marriage economy: Examining the economic impact and the context of marriage in comparative perspective, Doctoral dissertation, Indiana University, 2008.

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
J.C. McKINLEY Jr., A. Southall, Queens Woman Charged in Death Related to Botched Silicone Injections, New York Times. (2017) A20.

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 titlePhysiological and Molecular Plant Pathology
AbbreviationPhysiol. Mol. Plant Pathol.
ISSN (print)0885-5765
ScopePlant Science

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