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
Pauluis OM (2015) Atmospheric science. The global engine that could. Science 347:475–476
A journal article with 2 authors
Casals F, Bertranpetit J (2012) Genetics. Human genetic variation, shared and private. Science 337:39–40
A journal article with 3 authors
Song H, Stevens CF, Gage FH (2002) Astroglia induce neurogenesis from adult neural stem cells. Nature 417:39–44
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Lin Y, Gill ME, Koubova J, Page DC (2008) Germ cell-intrinsic and -extrinsic factors govern meiotic initiation in mouse embryos. Science 322:1685–1687

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rushton A (2011) VHDL for Logic Synthesis. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Fabbri M (ed) (2014) Non-coding RNAs and Cancer. Springer, New York, NY
A chapter in an edited book
Leuprecht C, Hall K (2014) Why Terror Networks are Dissimilar: How Structure Relates to Function. In: Masys AJ (ed) Networks and Network Analysis for Defence and Security. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 83–120

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) Physicists Develop Reversible Laser Tractor Beam Functional Over Long Distances. 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 (1993) Space Station: Program Instability and Cost Growth Continue Pending Redesign. 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
VanQuickenborne T (2010) Exploring generative change. Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine 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
Kelly C (2006) Shore Enclave Feels The Breezes of Change. New York Times F6

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Pauluis 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Casals and Bertranpetit 2012; Pauluis 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Casals and Bertranpetit 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Lin 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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