How to format your references using the Plant Reproduction citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Plant Reproduction. 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
Rotblat J (2000) ESSAYS ON SCIENCE AND SOCIETY: Taking Responsibility. Science 289:729
A journal article with 2 authors
Petersen J, Hagan IM (2005) Polo kinase links the stress pathway to cell cycle control and tip growth in fission yeast. Nature 435:507–512
A journal article with 3 authors
Choudhary A, Kohar V, Sinha S (2014) Taming explosive growth through dynamic random links. Sci Rep 4:4308
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Robinson DP, Henry C, Das S, Woodhouse JH (2001) Simultaneous rupture along two conjugate planes of the Wharton Basin earthquake. Science 292:1145–1148

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Greenspan D (2008) Numerical Solution of Ordinary Differential Equations. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH, Weinheim, Germany
An edited book
Harrison T, Ibrahim E (eds) (2016) Islamic Finance: Principles, Performance and Prospects. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Chaddad FR, Cook ML (2007) Conversions and Other Forms of Exit in U.S. Agricultural Cooperatives. In: Nilsson J (ed) Vertical Markets and Cooperative Hierarchies: The Role of Cooperatives in the Agri-Food Industry. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp 61–72

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 Reproduction.

Blog post
Andrew E (2013) NASA To Put Plant Life On The Moon. 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 (2003) Transportation-Disadvantaged Populations: Some Coordination Efforts Among Programs Providing Transportation Services, but Obstacles Persist. 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
Berezin S (2009) Catechols as membrane anion transporters. Doctoral dissertation, University of Maryland, College Park

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 (2011) Auburn vs. Oregon: Headsets at 20 Paces. New York Times SP6

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Rotblat 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Rotblat 2000; Petersen and Hagan 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Petersen and Hagan 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Robinson et al. 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titlePlant Reproduction
AbbreviationPlant Reprod.
ISSN (print)2194-7953
ISSN (online)2194-7961
ScopePlant Science
Cell Biology

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