How to format your references using the Plant Physiology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Plant Physiology. 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
Wald C (2015) Neuroscience: The aesthetic brain. Nature 526: S2-3
A journal article with 2 authors
Narayan ARH, Sherman DH (2013) Chemistry. Re-engineering nature’s catalysts. Science 339: 283–284
A journal article with 3 authors
Ho BT, Basler M, Mekalanos JJ (2013) Type 6 secretion system-mediated immunity to type 4 secretion system-mediated gene transfer. Science 342: 250–253
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Pearcy M, Aron S, Doums C, Keller L (2004) Conditional use of sex and parthenogenesis for worker and queen production in ants. Science 306: 1780–1783

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Florczyk S (2004) Robot Vision. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG
An edited book
Maimon O, Rokach L, eds (2008) Soft Computing for Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining. Springer US, Boston, MA
A chapter in an edited book
Hansen JB, Brincker R, Aenlle ML (2014) Detection of Mass Change on a Glass Plate. In R Allemang, J De Clerck, C Niezrecki, A Wicks, eds, Topics in Modal Analysis, Volume 7: Proceedings of the 31st IMAC, A Conference on Structural Dynamics, 2013. Springer, New York, NY, pp 61–66

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 Physiology.

Blog post
Andrew E (2014) Researchers Discover Strange New “Butterfly-Headed” Pterosaur Species. IFLScience, https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/researchers-discover-strange-new-butterfly-headed-pterosaur-species/

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 (2006) Rail Transit: Observations on FTA’s State Safety Oversight Program. 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
Caraballo-Cole T (2012) Mindfulness-based mental health services for single mothers: A grant proposal. Doctoral dissertation. California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

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
Pilon M (2012) Solitary Refinement: A Runner’s Quest. New York Times D1

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wald, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Narayan and Sherman, 2013; Wald, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Narayan and Sherman, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Pearcy et al., 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titlePlant Physiology
AbbreviationPlant Physiol.
ISSN (print)0032-0889
ISSN (online)1532-2548
ScopePlant Science
Genetics
Physiology

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