How to format your references using the Plant Methods citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Plant Methods. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
1. Elser JJ. Geochemistry. A world awash with nitrogen. Science. 2011;334:1504–5.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Du H, Rosbash M. The U1 snRNP protein U1C recognizes the 5’ splice site in the absence of base pairing. Nature. 2002;419:86–90.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Cymes GD, Ni Y, Grosman C. Probing ion-channel pores one proton at a time. Nature. 2005;438:975–80.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Vegiopoulos A, Müller-Decker K, Strzoda D, Schmitt I, Chichelnitskiy E, Ostertag A, et al. Cyclooxygenase-2 controls energy homeostasis in mice by de novo recruitment of brown adipocytes. Science. 2010;328:1158–61.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Paterson JC. Lean Auditing. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2015.
An edited book
1. Rondo-Brovetto P, Saliterer I, editors. The University as a Business? Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften; 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Abe S. Incremental Feature Selection by Block Addition and Block Deletion Using Least Squares SVRs. In: Gayar NE, Schwenker F, Suen C, editors. Artificial Neural Networks in Pattern Recognition: 6th IAPR TC 3 International Workshop, ANNPR 2014, Montreal, QC, Canada, October 6-8, 2014 Proceedings. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2014. p. 35–46.

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 Methods.

Blog post
1. Andrew E. Hearing Restored in Mice with Genetic Deafness using Gene Therapy [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2015 [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from: https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/hearing-restored-mice-genetic-deafness-using-gene-therapy/

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
1. Government Accountability Office. Overview of the Adult Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program and Its Operation in California. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1980 Apr. Report No.: 112127.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
1. Lee E. Assessing the Well-Being Koreans and Korean Americans: Psychometric Validation Study for a Multidimensional Assessment of Well-Being [Doctoral dissertation]. [Malibu, CA]: Pepperdine University; 2017.

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
1. Cooper M. With a Little Help From His Friends. New York Times. 2017 Oct 3;C5.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titlePlant Methods
AbbreviationPlant Methods
ISSN (online)1746-4811
ScopePlant Science
Biotechnology
Genetics

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