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
Peters SE (2008) Environmental determinants of extinction selectivity in the fossil record. Nature 454:626–629
A journal article with 2 authors
Laurence TA, Weiss S (2003) Analytical chemistry. How to detect weak pairs. Science 299:667–668
A journal article with 3 authors
Roughgarden J, Oishi M, Akçay E (2006) Reproductive social behavior: cooperative games to replace sexual selection. Science 311:965–969
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Wielicki BA, Wong T, Loeb N, et al (2005) Changes in Earth’s albedo measured by satellite. Science 308:825

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sedlacek HH, Sapienza AM, Eid V (2008) Ways to Successful Strategies in Drug Research and Development. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH, Weinheim, Germany
An edited book
Chang R-S, Jain LC, Peng S-L (eds) (2013) Advances in Intelligent Systems and Applications - Volume 1: Proceedings of the International Computer Symposium ICS 2012 Held at Hualien, Taiwan, December 12–14, 2012. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Nevalainen R, Kimonen E (2013) The Teacher as an Implementer of Curriculum Change. In: Kimonen E, Nevalainen R (eds) Transforming Teachers’ Work Globally: In Search of a Better Way for Schools and Their Communities. SensePublishers, Rotterdam, pp 111–147

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 E (2015) Cloudy Issue: We Need To Fix The Barrier Reef’s Murky Waters. 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 (1991) U.S. Communications Policy: Issues for the 1990s. 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
Koonin LM (2013) Acceptability of pharmacies serving as primary dispensers of antiviral drugs during an influenza pandemic: Perspectives of pharmacy executives. Doctoral dissertation, University of North Carolina

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
Greenhouse L (2006) 2 Justices Indicate Supreme Court Is Unlikely to Televise Sessions. New York Times A16

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Peters 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Laurence and Weiss 2003; Peters 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Laurence and Weiss 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Wielicki et al. 2005)

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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