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
Moncada S (2005) Obituary: John R. Vane (1927-2004). Nature 433:28
A journal article with 2 authors
Butterworth B, Kovas Y (2013) Understanding neurocognitive developmental disorders can improve education for all. Science 340:300–305
A journal article with 3 authors
Meindl JD, Chen Q, Davis JA (2001) Limits on silicon nanoelectronics for terascale integration. Science 293:2044–2049
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Xu S, Jiang Y, Xu H, et al (2014) Realization of deep subwavelength resolution with singular media. Sci Rep 4:5212

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Solomon R (2016) The Art of Client Service. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Ito K (ed) (2014) Regulatory Nascent Polypeptides. Springer Japan, Tokyo
A chapter in an edited book
Khey DN, Stogner J, Miller BL (2014) Case Studies of Emerging Drugs: Salvia, Bath Salts, and Bromo-DragonFly. In: Stogner J, Miller BL (eds) Emerging Trends in Drug Use and Distribution. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 53–73

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 (2016) The San Andreas Fault Is About To Crack – Here’s What Will Happen When It Does. 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 (2012) Commercial Space Launches: FAA Should Update How It Assesses Federal Liability Risk. 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
Beal ME (2013) Predictive qualities of social characteristics and social integration on altruistic outcomes. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Walsh MW (2015) Volcker Sees Hidden Peril in State Budget Practices. New York Times B5

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Moncada 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Moncada 2005; Butterworth and Kovas 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Butterworth and Kovas 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Xu et al. 2014)

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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