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
Rona, P.A. (2003) Geology. Resources of the sea floor. Science. 299: 673–674.
A journal article with 2 authors
Eberl, G., and Littman, D.R. (2004) Thymic origin of intestinal alphabeta T cells revealed by fate mapping of RORgammat+ cells. Science. 305: 248–251.
A journal article with 3 authors
Nowak, M.A., Plotkin, J.B., and Jansen, V.A. (2000) The evolution of syntactic communication. Nature. 404: 495–498.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Mandal, M., Lee, M., Barrick, J.E., Weinberg, Z., Emilsson, G.M., Ruzzo, W.L., et al. (2004) A glycine-dependent riboswitch that uses cooperative binding to control gene expression. Science. 306: 275–279.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Barker, R.M., and Puckett, J.A. (2013) Design of Highway Bridges. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Manevitch, L.I. (2011) Tractable Models of Solid Mechanics: Formulation, Analysis and Interpretation, Foundations of Engineering Mechanics. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Donald, B.R. (2012) The Compass That Steered Robotics. In Logic and Program Semantics: Essays Dedicated to Dexter Kozen on the Occasion of His 60th Birthday, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Edited by Constable, R.L. and Silva, A. pp. 50–65 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
Andrew, E. (2014) Watch What Happens When You Insert A Coin Into Dry Ice [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 (1996) Education and Labor: Information on the Departments’ Field Offices ( No. HEHS-96-178). 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
Schwartz, K.A. (2010) Dynamics of Teacher Self-Efficacy: Middle School Reading and Language Arts Teacher Responses on a Teacher Sense of Efficacy Scale (Doctoral dissertation). University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

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
Shpigel, B. (2016) After a Debacle, the Jets Already Face Their Potential Moment of Reckoning. New York Times. B12.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Rona, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Eberl and Littman, 2004; Rona, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Eberl and Littman, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Mandal et al., 2004)

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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