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
Davis ME (2003) Materials science. Distinguishing the (almost) indistinguishable. Science 300:438–439
A journal article with 2 authors
Vojvodic A, Nørskov JK (2011) Chemistry. Optimizing perovskites for the water-splitting reaction. Science 334:1355–1356
A journal article with 3 authors
Yuan N, Fu Z, Liu S (2014) Extracting climate memory using Fractional Integrated Statistical Model: a new perspective on climate prediction. Sci Rep 4:6577
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Meehl GA, Arblaster JM, Matthes K, et al (2009) Amplifying the Pacific climate system response to a small 11-year solar cycle forcing. Science 325:1114–1118

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Leis JW (2011) Digital Signal Processing Using MATLAB for Students and Researchers. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Ramtal D (2011) The Essential Guide to Physics for Flash Games, Animation, and Simulations. Apress, Berkeley, CA
A chapter in an edited book
Ahn JH, Choo S, Seongil O (2011) Energy Awareness in Contemporary Memory Systems. In: Kyung C-M, Yoo S (eds) Energy-Aware System Design: Algorithms and Architectures. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp 71–92

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
Andrew E (2014) Scientists Turn Bacteria Into DNA Tape Recorders. 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 (1975) Need for a National Ocean Program and Plan. 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
Serrano M (2017) Bilingual Sentiment Analysis of Spanglish Tweets. Doctoral dissertation, Florida Atlantic 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
Greenhouse L (2008) Court Details Opposition To Bias in Jury Selection. New York Times A16

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Davis 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Davis 2003; Vojvodic and Nørskov 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Vojvodic and Nørskov 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Meehl et al. 2009)

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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