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
Tata J (2004) The domino effect. Nature 431:513
A journal article with 2 authors
Antonakis J, Dalgas O (2009) Predicting elections: child’s play! Science 323:1183
A journal article with 3 authors
Zhang P, Cohen RE, Haule K (2015) Effects of electron correlations on transport properties of iron at Earth’s core conditions. Nature 517:605–607
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Hasegawa K, Martin F, Huang G, et al (2004) PEST domain-enriched tyrosine phosphatase (PEP) regulation of effector/memory T cells. Science 303:685–689

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kaisler SH (2005) Software Paradigms. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Burke A (2015) Pocket Reference to Alzheimer’s Disease Management. Springer Healthcare Ltd., Tarporley
A chapter in an edited book
Lai Y-C, Tél T (2011) Fractal Basin Boundaries. In: Tél T (ed) Transient Chaos: Complex Dynamics on Finite Time Scales. Springer, New York, NY, pp 147–185

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
Luntz S (2016) Treasure Trove Of Dinosaur Fossils Found In Antarctica. 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 (1978) Strong Centralized Management Needed in Computer-Based Information Systems. 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
Wang E (2017) Anisotropy of Magnetic Susceptibility Investigation of the Coyote Mountain Shear Zone. Doctoral dissertation, University of Louisiana

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
Burns A, Remnick N (2016) Pence Breaks Ranks With Trump, Again, to Support Snubbed Republican Senators. New York Times A16

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Tata 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Tata 2004; Antonakis and Dalgas 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Antonakis and Dalgas 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Hasegawa et al. 2004)

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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