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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Plant Cell 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.
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
Gresham D (2015) Evolution: Fitness tracking for adapting populations. Nature 519:164–165
A journal article with 2 authors
Hogg RC, Bertrand D (2004) Neuroscience. What genes tell us about nicotine addiction. Science 306:983–985
A journal article with 3 authors
Shu Y, Hasenstaub A, McCormick DA (2003) Turning on and off recurrent balanced cortical activity. Nature 423:288–293
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Shen S, Zhou J, Dong C-L, et al (2014) Surface engineered doping of hematite nanorod arrays for improved photoelectrochemical water splitting. Sci Rep 4:6627

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Troffaes MCM, Cooman G de (2014) Lower Previsions: Troffaes/Lower Previsions. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Karthikeyan M (2014) Practical Chemoinformatics. Springer India, New Delhi
A chapter in an edited book
Verdonschot PFM (2006) Evaluation of the use of Water Framework Directive typology descriptors, reference sites and spatial scale in macroinvertebrate stream typology. In: Furse MT, Hering D, Brabec K, et al. (eds) The Ecological Status of European Rivers: Evaluation and Intercalibration of Assessment Methods. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp 39–58

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 Reports.

Blog post
Andrew D (2015) NASA Tests Flying Saucer. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 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 (2007) NASA: Progress Made on Strategic Human Capital Management, but Future Program Challenges Remain. 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
Kennedy-Reid SK (2012) Exploring the Habitus: A Phenomenological Study of Transformative Learning Processes. Doctoral dissertation, George Washington 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
Cooper M (2017) More Slamming Door! More Slamming Door! New York Times C4

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gresham 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Hogg and Bertrand 2004; Gresham 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Hogg and Bertrand 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Shen et al. 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titlePlant Cell Reports
AbbreviationPlant Cell Rep.
ISSN (print)0721-7714
ISSN (online)1432-203X
ScopeAgronomy and Crop Science
Plant Science
General Medicine

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