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
Goodman S (2001) Pressure grows over US blood ban. Nature 412:467
A journal article with 2 authors
Cheung KC, Gershenfeld N (2013) Reversibly assembled cellular composite materials. Science 341:1219–1221
A journal article with 3 authors
Verbeeck J, Tian H, Schattschneider P (2010) Production and application of electron vortex beams. Nature 467:301–304
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Pearce G, Moura DS, Stratmann J, Ryan CA (2001) Production of multiple plant hormones from a single polyprotein precursor. Nature 411:817–820

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Paultre P (2013) Dynamics of Structures. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Ibrahim F, Usman J, Mohktar MS, Ahmad MY (eds) (2016) International Conference for Innovation in Biomedical Engineering and Life Sciences: ICIBEL2015, 6-8 December 2015, Putrajaya, Malaysia, 1st ed. 2016. Springer, Singapore
A chapter in an edited book
Pan I, Das S (2013) Fractional Order Controller Tuning Using Swarm and Evolutionary Algorithms. In: Das S (ed) Intelligent Fractional Order Systems and Control: An Introduction. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 87–131

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
Carpineti A (2015) New Study Explains The Mystery Of The Moon’s Formation. 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 (2012) Information Technology Reform: Progress Made; More Needs to Be Done to Complete Actions and Measure Results. 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
Henderson MM (2013) Coming to Terms: Career Development Experiences of NCAA Division I Female Student-Athletes in Transition. Doctoral dissertation, George Washington 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
Fiske IH (1905) CHATTERTON. New York Times REVIEW OF BOOKSBR509

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Goodman 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Goodman 2001; Cheung and Gershenfeld 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Cheung and Gershenfeld 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Pearce et al. 2001)

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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