How to format your references using the Plant Growth Regulation citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Plant Growth Regulation. 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
Lawler A (2000) ASIAN-AMERICAN SCIENTISTS: Harbinger of a Litigious Future? Science 290:1076
A journal article with 2 authors
Hoeller D, Dikic I (2009) Targeting the ubiquitin system in cancer therapy. Nature 458:438–444
A journal article with 3 authors
Maskus KE, Mobarak AM, Stuen ET (2013) Economics. Doctoral students and U.S. immigration policy. Science 342:562–563
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Bailey JV, Joye SB, Kalanetra KM, et al (2007) Evidence of giant sulphur bacteria in Neoproterozoic phosphorites. Nature 445:198–201

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Cooke RM, Nieboer D, Misiewicz J (2014) Fat-Tailed Distributions: Volume 1. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Yin Z, Pan L, Fang X (eds) (2013) Proceedings of The Eighth International Conference on Bio-Inspired Computing: Theories and Applications (BIC-TA), 2013. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Peardon M (2005) Monte Carlo Simulations of Lattice QCD. In: Bori~i A, Frommer A, Joó B, et al. (eds) QCD and Numerical Analysis III: Proceedings of the Third International Workshop on Numerical Analysis and Lattice QCD, Edinburgh June-July 2003. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 41–54

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 Growth Regulation.

Blog post
Luntz S (2016) Bacteria Beat Plants To Quantum Capturing Of Light. 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 (1987) Guaranteed Student Loans: Legislative and Regulatory Changes Needed To Reduce Default Costs. 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
Moshfegh N (2014) The multidimensional wellbeing assessment: Preliminary validation in an Iranian sample. Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine 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
Koblin J (2016) ‘Westworld’ Creators Speak of Seasons, Spoilers and Patience. New York Times C3

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lawler 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Lawler 2000; Hoeller and Dikic 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Hoeller and Dikic 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Bailey et al. 2007)

About the journal

Full journal titlePlant Growth Regulation
AbbreviationPlant Growth Regul.
ISSN (print)0167-6903
ISSN (online)1573-5087
ScopeAgronomy and Crop Science
Plant Science

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