How to format your references using the Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture. 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
Barry JM (2009) Pandemics: avoiding the mistakes of 1918. Nature 459:324–325
A journal article with 2 authors
Casares F, Mann RS (2001) The ground state of the ventral appendage in Drosophila. Science 293:1477–1480
A journal article with 3 authors
Perrin RJ, Fagan AM, Holtzman DM (2009) Multimodal techniques for diagnosis and prognosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Nature 461:916–922
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Kimura J, Ichii O, Miyazono K, et al (2014) Overexpression of Toll-like receptor 8 correlates with the progression of podocyte injury in murine autoimmune glomerulonephritis. Sci Rep 4:7290

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sattler K (2005) Thermische Trennverfahren. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG
An edited book
Davim JP (ed) (2010) Surface Integrity in Machining. Springer, London
A chapter in an edited book
Bonet ML, Buss S (2012) An Improved Separation of Regular Resolution from Pool Resolution and Clause Learning. In: Cimatti A, Sebastiani R (eds) Theory and Applications of Satisfiability Testing – SAT 2012: 15th International Conference, Trento, Italy, June 17-20, 2012. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 44–57

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, Tissue and Organ Culture.

Blog post
Andrew E (2015) Chemistry Set Pencils Can Turn Life-Saving Tests Into Child’s Play. In: IFLScience. 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 (2009) Financial Management Systems: OMB’s Financial Management Line of Business Initiative Continues but Future Success Remains Uncertain. 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
Howard-Skipper J (2014) Leadership that promotes teacher empowerment among urban middle school science teachers. Doctoral dissertation, Capella 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
Prochnik G (2013) I’m Thinking. Please. Be Quiet. New York Times SR4

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Barry 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Casares and Mann 2001; Barry 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Casares and Mann 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Kimura et al. 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titlePlant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture
AbbreviationPlant Cell Tissue Organ Cult.
ISSN (print)0167-6857
ISSN (online)1573-5044
ScopeHorticulture

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