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
Tolstoy M (2010) Geophysics. What lies beneath. Science 328:54–55
A journal article with 2 authors
Shintani T, Klionsky DJ (2004) Autophagy in health and disease: a double-edged sword. Science 306:990–995
A journal article with 3 authors
Ellis AS, Johnson TM, Bullen TD (2002) Chromium isotopes and the fate of hexavalent chromium in the environment. Science 295:2060–2062
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Chen M, Li J, Zhang L, et al (2014) Auto-flotation of heterocyst enables the efficient production of renewable energy in cyanobacteria. Sci Rep 4:3998

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wubbolding RE (2017) Reality Therapy and Self-Evaluation. American Counseling Association, Alexandria, VA
An edited book
Verhelst M (2009) Energy Scalable Radio Design: for Pulsed UWB Communication and Ranging. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
A chapter in an edited book
Rihmer Z, Döme P (2016) Suicide and Bipolar Disorder. In: Zarate CA Jr, Manji HK (eds) Bipolar Depression: Molecular Neurobiology, Clinical Diagnosis, and Pharmacotherapy. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 53–69

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) Climate Models Too Complicated? Here’s One That Everyone Can Use. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/environment/climate-models-too-complicated-here-s-one-everyone-can-use/. 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 (1981) Review of the High Speed Antiradiation Missile Program. 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
Kellogg A (2010) Hospital Lean and Six Sigma: Is there a financial benefit? 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
Shpigel B (2017) Rangers Regain Their Footing at the Garden and March Back Into the Series. New York Times B10

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Tolstoy 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Shintani and Klionsky 2004; Tolstoy 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Shintani and Klionsky 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Chen 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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