How to format your references using the Plant Biotechnology Reports citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Plant Biotechnology Reports. 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
Vicsek T (2001) A question of scale. Nature 411:421
A journal article with 2 authors
Rhie J, Romanowicz B (2004) Excitation of Earth’s continuous free oscillations by atmosphere-ocean-seafloor coupling. Nature 431:552–556
A journal article with 3 authors
Beddington JR, Agnew DJ, Clark CW (2007) Current problems in the management of marine fisheries. Science 316:1713–1716
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Ghosh A, Praefcke GJK, Renault L, et al (2006) How guanylate-binding proteins achieve assembly-stimulated processive cleavage of GTP to GMP. Nature 440:101–104

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Matte GS (2015) Perfusion for Congenital Heart Surgery. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Allahbadia GN, Nitzschke M (eds) (2015) Minimal Stimulation and Natural Cycle In Vitro Fertilization, 1st ed. 2015. Springer India, New Delhi
A chapter in an edited book
Bauer AL, Rohlf T (2012) Investigating the Role of Cross-Talk Between Chemical and Stromal Factors in Endothelial Cell Phenotype Determination. In: Jackson TL (ed) Modeling Tumor Vasculature: Molecular, Cellular, and Tissue Level Aspects and Implications. Springer, New York, NY, pp 79–101

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 Biotechnology Reports.

Blog post
Andrew E (2014) Tesla Release Electric Car Patents To Public. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/technology/tesla-release-electric-car-patents-public/. Accessed 30 Oct 2018

Reports

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 (2013) Information Technology: Leveraging Best Practices to Help Ensure Successful Major Acquisitions. 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
Ward S (2009) Historiography, prophecy, and literature: “Divina retribución” and its underlying ideological agenda. Doctoral dissertation, Indiana University

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
Hubbard B (2017) Dozens Said To Be Killed In Bombing Of ISIS Prison. New York Times A11

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Vicsek 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Vicsek 2001; Rhie and Romanowicz 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Rhie and Romanowicz 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Ghosh et al. 2006)

About the journal

Full journal titlePlant Biotechnology Reports
AbbreviationPlant Biotechnol. Rep.
ISSN (print)1863-5466
ISSN (online)1863-5474
ScopePlant Science
Biotechnology

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