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
Brooks R (2000) Negative genetic correlation between male sexual attractiveness and survival. Nature 406:67–70
A journal article with 2 authors
Vakil A, Engheta N (2011) Transformation optics using graphene. Science 332:1291–1294
A journal article with 3 authors
Meindl JD, Chen Q, Davis JA (2001) Limits on silicon nanoelectronics for terascale integration. Science 293:2044–2049
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Baptiste KE, Naylor JM, Bailey J, et al (2000) A function for guttural pouches in the horse. Nature 403:382–383

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lindl T, Steubing R (2013) Atlas of Living Cell Cultures. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany
An edited book
Held L (2014) Applied Statistical Inference: Likelihood and Bayes. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Backes G, Orabi J, Fischbeck G, Jahoor A (2006) Barley. In: Kole C (ed) Cereals and Millets. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 155–210

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
Andrew E (2015) Astronomers Spot Cosmic “Dinosaur Egg” That’s About To Hatch. 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 (1999) Telecommunications: Impact of Sports Programming Costs on Cable Television Rates. 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
Johnson R (2010) Grounding theatricality in reality: The creation of the role of Suzie in “Current Nobody.” 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
Kenigsberg B (2017) The Fencer. New York Times C8

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Brooks 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Brooks 2000; Vakil and Engheta 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Vakil and Engheta 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Baptiste et al. 2000)

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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