How to format your references using the Plant Molecular Biology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Plant Molecular Biology. 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
Campbell-Kelly M (2007) Obituary: John Backus (1924-2007). Nature 446:998
A journal article with 2 authors
Mani RG, Kriisa A (2013) Magneto-transport characteristics of a 2D electron system driven to negative magneto-conductivity by microwave photoexcitation. Sci Rep 3:3478
A journal article with 3 authors
Wagemaker M, Kentgens APM, Mulder FM (2002) Equilibrium lithium transport between nanocrystalline phases in intercalated TiO(2) anatase. Nature 418:397–399
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Xiao B, Sanders MJ, Underwood E, Heath R, Mayer FV, Carmena D, Jing C, Walker PA, Eccleston JF, Haire LF, Saiu P, Howell SA, Aasland R, Martin SR, Carling D, Gamblin SJ (2011) Structure of mammalian AMPK and its regulation by ADP. Nature 472:230–233

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Anstädt T, Keller I, Lutz H (2010) Intelligente Videoanalyse. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany
An edited book
Demirdjian A (ed) (2016) The Armenian Genocide Legacy. Palgrave Macmillan UK, London
A chapter in an edited book
Crescenzi R, Rodríguez-Pose A (2011) The Role of Underlying Socio-Economic Conditions. In: Rodríguez-Pose A (ed) Innovation and Regional Growth in the European Union. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 51–73

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 Molecular Biology.

Blog post
Andrew E (2014) Drones To Be Employed in Kenyan Anti-Poaching Effort. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/drones-be-employed-kenyan-anti-poaching-effort/. 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 (1975) Project Head Start: Achievements and Problems. 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
Nelson J-MC (2008) The effect of class size on a teacher’s job satisfaction in a southeastern urban LEA. Doctoral dissertation, University of North Carolina

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) Sami Blood. New York Times C10

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Campbell-Kelly 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Campbell-Kelly 2007; Mani and Kriisa 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Mani and Kriisa 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Xiao et al. 2011)

About the journal

Full journal titlePlant Molecular Biology
AbbreviationPlant Mol. Biol.
ISSN (print)0167-4412
ISSN (online)1573-5028
ScopeAgronomy and Crop Science
Plant Science
Genetics
General Medicine

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