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
G.J. Lyon, Personalized medicine: Bring clinical standards to human-genetics research, Nature. 482 (2012) 300–301.
A journal article with 2 authors
M. Johnston, G.D. Stormo, Evolution. Heirlooms in the attic, Science. 302 (2003) 997–999.
A journal article with 3 authors
J. Halberda, M.M.M. Mazzocco, L. Feigenson, Individual differences in non-verbal number acuity correlate with maths achievement, Nature. 455 (2008) 665–668.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
K. Leung, L. Józsa, M. Ravasz, Z. Néda, Pattern formation. Spiral cracks without twisting, Nature. 410 (2001) 166.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J. Jaffe, Flip the Funnel, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2010.
An edited book
H.U. Käufl, R. Siebenmorgen, A.F.M. Moorwood, eds., High Resolution Infrared Spectroscopy in Astronomy: Proceedings of an ESO Workshop Held at Garching, Germany, 18-21 November 2003, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2005.
A chapter in an edited book
M.N. Çağatay, L. Geli, L. Gasperini, P. Henry, C. Gürbüz, N. Görür, Seafloor observations and observatory activities in the Sea of Marmara, in: L. Beranzoli, A. De Santis (Eds.), SEAFLOOR OBSERVATORIES: A New Vision of the Earth from the Abyss, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2015: pp. 59–79.

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
J. Davis, Scientists Reprogram Skin Cells To Hunt Down And Shrink Brain Tumors, IFLScience. (2017). (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, A Structure for Managing ADP Resources, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1980.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
C.L. Allison, An Investigation into the Experiences of Traditional Higher Education Instructors Transitioning into Effective Online Instructors, Doctoral dissertation, Northcentral University, 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
S. Hollander, Maryland and Princeton Gain Final With Routs, New York Times. (2000) D8.

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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