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
Evan G (2012) Cancer. Taking a back door to target Myc. Science 335:293–294
A journal article with 2 authors
Ito T, Handa H (2015) Myeloid disease: Another action of a thalidomide derivative. Nature 523:167–168
A journal article with 3 authors
Trillo S, Gongora JST, Fratalocchi A (2014) Wave instabilities in the presence of non vanishing background in nonlinear Schrödinger systems. Sci Rep 4:7285
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Gatesy J, Hayashi C, Motriuk D, et al (2001) Extreme diversity, conservation, and convergence of spider silk fibroin sequences. Science 291:2603–2605

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
DeRosa TF (2008) Advances in Polymer Chemistry and Methods Reported in Recent US Patents. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Stein-Wexler R, Wootton-Gorges SL, Ozonoff MB (eds) (2015) Pediatric Orthopedic Imaging. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Kreowski H-J, Kuske S (2007) Autonomous Units and Their Semantics - The Parallel Case. In: Fiadeiro JL, Schobbens P-Y (eds) Recent Trends in Algebraic Development Techniques: 18th International Workshop, WADT 2006, La Roche en Ardenne, Belgium, June 1-3, 2006, Revised Selected Papers. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 56–73

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
O`Callaghan J (2016) Funnel Formed By Volcano On Mars Could Be A Prime Location For Life. 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 (1998) Statistical Agencies: Proposed Consolidation and Data Sharing Legislation. 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
Kim EH (2010) A personal narrative of a Korean immigrant to the United States: A quest for finding a niche. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Vecsey G (2011) Back to Brooklyn for a U.S. Eagle. New York Times SP10

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Evan 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Evan 2012; Ito and Handa 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Ito and Handa 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Gatesy et al. 2001)

About the journal

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

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