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
Relman DA (2013) Microbiology. Undernutrition--looking within for answers. Science 339:530–532
A journal article with 2 authors
Oeppen J, Vaupel JW (2002) Demography. Broken limits to life expectancy. Science 296:1029–1031
A journal article with 3 authors
Malinowski JT, Sharpe RJ, Johnson JS (2013) Enantioselective synthesis of pactamycin, a complex antitumor antibiotic. Science 340:180–182
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Ricci-Vitiani L, Pallini R, Biffoni M, et al (2010) Tumour vascularization via endothelial differentiation of glioblastoma stem-like cells. Nature 468:824–828

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Shelton T (2013) Business Models for the Social Mobile Cloud. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey
An edited book
Tambouret RH (2015) Glandular Lesions of the Uterine Cervix: Cytopathology with Histologic Correlates. Springer, New York, NY
A chapter in an edited book
Basso P (2011) Mendelssohn on Lambert’s Neues Organon. In: Munk R (ed) Moses Mendelssohn’s Metaphysics and Aesthetics. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp 65–81

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
Fang J (2015) E. coli Gets a Circadian Clock Transplant. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/e-coli-gets-circadian-clock-transplant/. 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 (1983) [Suitability of the MUMPS Language for Government Agencies]. 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
Laird T (2008) Risk and protective factors associated with adjudicated versus non -adjudicated youths arrested for substance use. Doctoral dissertation, University of Arizona

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
Vecsey G (2009) In Defense of His Old School. New York Times SP10

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Relman 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Oeppen and Vaupel 2002; Relman 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Oeppen and Vaupel 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Ricci-Vitiani et al. 2010)

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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