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
Naldini L (2009) Medicine. A comeback for gene therapy. Science 326:805–806
A journal article with 2 authors
Jaffe M, Allam S (2015) POLYMER CHEMISTRY. Safer fuels by integrating polymer theory into design. Science 350:32
A journal article with 3 authors
MacLehose L, McKee M, Weinberg J (2002) Responding to the challenge of communicable disease in Europe. Science 295:2047–2050
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Lozier MS, Leadbetter S, Williams RG, et al (2008) The spatial pattern and mechanisms of heat-content change in the North Atlantic. Science 319:800–803

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Chen N (2010) Aerothermodynamics of Turbomachinery. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Roth W-M, Radford L (eds) (2011) A Cultural-Historical Perspective on Mathematics Teaching and Learning. SensePublishers, Rotterdam
A chapter in an edited book
Baffo I, Confessore G, Liotta G, Stecca G (2009) A Cooperative Model to Improve Hospital Equipments and Drugs Management. In: Camarinha-Matos LM, Paraskakis I, Afsarmanesh H (eds) Leveraging Knowledge for Innovation in Collaborative Networks: 10th IFIP WG 5.5 Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises, PRO-VE 2009, Thessaloniki, Greece, October 7-9, 2009. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 43–50

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 (2014) GM Mosquitoes Set To Be Released In Brazil To Combat Dengue. 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 (2010) Forest Service Research and Development: Improvements in Delivery of Research Results Can Help Ensure That Benefits of Research Are Realized. 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
Kent L (2017) Justification-Suppression of Gender and Race Bias in Hiring: The Impact of Accountability. Doctoral dissertation, Southern Illinois 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
Grynbaum MM, Koblin J (2016) TV Host ‘Ashamed’ of Lewd Chat With Trump. New York Times A12

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Naldini 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Naldini 2009; Jaffe and Allam 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Jaffe and Allam 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Lozier et al. 2008)

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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