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
Ahlberg PE (2004) Comment on “The early evolution of the tetrapod humerus.” Science 305:1715; author reply 1715
A journal article with 2 authors
Wilberg MJ, Miller TJ (2007) Comment on “Impacts of biodiversity loss on ocean ecosystem services.” Science 316:1285; author reply 1285
A journal article with 3 authors
Brennan MD, Cheong R, Levchenko A (2012) Systems biology. How information theory handles cell signaling and uncertainty. Science 338:334–335
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Scholes RJ, Mace GM, Turner W, et al (2008) Ecology. Toward a global biodiversity observing system. Science 321:1044–1045

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Cronin R (2012) Reading Victorian Poetry. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Linsky JL, Izmodenov VV, Möbius E, Steiger R von (eds) (2009) From the Outer Heliosphere to the Local Bubble: Comparisons of New Observations with Theory. Springer, New York, NY
A chapter in an edited book
Miguel AF (2012) Lungs as a Natural Porous Media: Architecture, Airflow Characteristics and Transport of Suspended Particles. In: Delgado JMPQ (ed) Heat and Mass Transfer in Porous Media. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 115–137

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 D (2016) Why Having Thoughts That Aren’t Yours Doesn’t Make You Delusional. 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) FAA Reauthorization: Opportunity Exists to Address Safety, Capacity, and Efficiency Issues. 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
Wolfenden A (2012) Factors predicting oncology care providers’ behavioral intention to adopt clinical decision support systems. Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix

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
Paulson M (2017) Broadway at Midnight: ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2.’ New York Times C2

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ahlberg 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Ahlberg 2004; Wilberg and Miller 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Wilberg and Miller 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Scholes et al. 2008)

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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