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
Henrich J (2006) Social science. Cooperation, punishment, and the evolution of human institutions. Science 312:60–61
A journal article with 2 authors
Crickmore MA, Mann RS (2006) Hox control of organ size by regulation of morphogen production and mobility. Science 313:63–68
A journal article with 3 authors
Chen J, Carlson BE, Del Genio AD (2002) Evidence for strengthening of the tropical general circulation in the 1990s. Science 295:838–841
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Lama D, Quah ST, Verma CS, et al (2013) Rational optimization of conformational effects induced by hydrocarbon staples in peptides and their binding interfaces. Sci Rep 3:3451

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Molloy M, Larner W (2013) Fashioning Globalisation. John Wiley & Sons, Oxford
An edited book
Brooks BW, Huggett DB (eds) (2012) Human Pharmaceuticals in the Environment: Current and Future Perspectives. Springer, New York, NY
A chapter in an edited book
Yuan L-P, Ma G-F, Sun R-S (2016) An Analysis of Fatigue and Its Characteristics: A Survey on Chinese Air Traffic Controller. In: Harris D (ed) Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics: 13th International Conference, EPCE 2016, Held as Part of HCI International 2016, Toronto, ON, Canada, July 17-22, 2016, Proceedings. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 38–47

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 D (2016) How A Saviour Of The Ozone Hole Became A Climate Change Villain – And How We’re Going To Fix It. In: IFLScience. 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 (1991) Weather Satellites: The U.S. Geostationary Satellite Program Is at a Crossroad. 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
Legaspi J (2010) Accelerated supported employment program: A grant proposal. 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
Friedland S (1902) THE RUSSIAN STUDENT QUESTION AS SEEN BY A RUSSIAN WOMAN. New York Times The New York Times MAGAZINE SUPPLEMENTSM13

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Henrich 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Henrich 2006; Crickmore and Mann 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Crickmore and Mann 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Lama et al. 2013)

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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