How to format your references using the Plant & Cell Physiology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Plant & Cell Physiology. 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
Nikas, J.B. (2013) Inflammation and immune system activation in aging: a mathematical approach. Sci Rep. 3: 3254.
A journal article with 2 authors
Keene, W.C., and Pszenny, A.A.P. (2004) Comment on ‘Reactions at interfaces as a source of sulfate formation in sea-salt particles’ (I). Science. 303: 628; author reply 628.
A journal article with 3 authors
Moore, J.D., Kirk, J.A., and Hunt, T. (2003) Unmasking the S-phase-promoting potential of cyclin B1. Science. 300: 987–990.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Backus, E.H.G., Eichler, A., Kleyn, A.W., and Bonn, M. (2005) Real-time observation of molecular motion on a surface. Science. 310: 1790–1793.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Jenkinson, J., Hyde, T., and Ahmad, S. (2008) Building Blocks for Learning: Occupational Therapy Approaches. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom.
An edited book
Larrosa, J., and O’Sullivan, B. (Eds.) (2011) Recent Advances in Constraints: 14th Annual ERCIM International Workshop on Constraint Solving and Constraint Logic Programming, CSCLP 2009, Barcelona, Spain, June 15-17, 2009, Revised Selected Papers, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Ardabili, P.N., and Liu, M. (2012) Establishing Network Reputation via Mechanism Design. In Game Theory for Networks: Third International ICST Conference, GameNets 2012, Vancouver, BC, Canada, May 24-26, 2012, Revised Selected Papers, Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering. Edited by Krishnamurthy, V., Zhao, Q., Huang, M., and Wen, Y. pp. 47–62 Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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 Plant & Cell Physiology.

Blog post
Hale, T. (2016) Cockroach Milk Could Make A Nutritious Meal In The Future [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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 (1987) Security at Nation’s Highest Risk Airports ( No. T-RCED-88-14). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Xiong, Y. (2008) Immuno-Magnetic T Cell Depletion for Allogeneic Hematological Stem Cell Transplantation (Doctoral dissertation). Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

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
Lee, L. (2013) The Booty That Lies Beneath. New York Times. D2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Nikas, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Keene and Pszenny, 2004; Nikas, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Keene and Pszenny, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Backus et al., 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titlePlant & Cell Physiology
AbbreviationPlant Cell Physiol.
ISSN (print)0032-0781
ISSN (online)1471-9053
ScopePlant Science
Cell Biology
General Medicine

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