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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Plant Molecular Biology Reporter. 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
Baker M (2008) Cell therapy: being patient. Nature 455:586–588
A journal article with 2 authors
Brumfiel G, Knight J (2003) Climate of conflict: in the shadow of war. Nature 426:748–749
A journal article with 3 authors
Takahashi JS, Shimomura K, Kumar V (2008) Searching for genes underlying behavior: lessons from circadian rhythms. Science 322:909–912
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Wang L, Lei P, Xie J, et al (2013) Medium-term outcomes of cemented prostheses and cementless modular prostheses in revision total hip arthroplasty. Sci Rep 3:2796

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
The Family Firm Institute, Inc. (2013) Family Enterprise. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Di Giuseppe A, Shiffman MA (eds) (2016) Aesthetic Plastic Surgery of the Abdomen. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Vu TT, Dall’Alba G (2011) Becoming Authentic Professionals: Learning for Authenticity. In: Scanlon L (ed) “Becoming” a Professional: An Interdisciplinary Analysis of Professional Learning. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp 95–108

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 Reporter.

Blog post
Hale T (2016) There Are Rumors That Russia Are Developing A Space-Cruising Nuclear Bomber. 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 (2007) Aviation Security: Risk, Experience, and Customer Concerns Drive Changes to Airline Passenger Screening Procedures, but Evaluation and Documentation of Proposed Changes Could Be Improved. 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
Culver MD (2015) Assessing the influence of emotional intelligence on effective fire service leadership. Doctoral dissertation, Capella 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
Shpigel B (2016) Fighting It Out in a Race for the Perfect Wheelchair. New York Times D2

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Baker 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Brumfiel and Knight 2003; Baker 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Brumfiel and Knight 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Wang et al. 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titlePlant Molecular Biology Reporter
AbbreviationPlant Mol. Biol. Rep.
ISSN (print)0735-9640
ISSN (online)1572-9818
ScopePlant Science
Molecular Biology

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