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
McFadden P (2002) Tech.Sight. Biosensors. Broadband biodetection: Holmes on a chip. Science 297:2075–2076
A journal article with 2 authors
Frieda KL, Block SM (2012) Direct observation of cotranscriptional folding in an adenine riboswitch. Science 338:397–400
A journal article with 3 authors
Preusser F, Radies D, Matter A (2002) A 160,000-year record of dune development and atmospheric circulation in Southern Arabia. Science 296:2018–2020
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Zamudio KR, Kellner A, Serejo C, et al (2018) Lack of science support fails Brazil. Science 361:1322–1323

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bernstein L, Yuhas CM (2005) Trustworthy Systems through Quantitative Software Engineering. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Lawphongpanich S, Hearn DW, Smith MJ (eds) (2006) Mathematical and Computational Models for Congestion Charging. Springer US, Boston, MA
A chapter in an edited book
Naoi K (2013) Electrochemical Supercapacitors and Hybrid Systems. In: Brodd RJ (ed) Batteries for Sustainability: Selected Entries from the Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology. Springer, New York, NY, pp 93–115

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
Luntz S (2015) Why Do Europeans Have White Skin? 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 (1989) ADP Budget: Department of the Army’s Information Technology Systems Obligations. 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
Yu W (2012) Impacts of storms and sea-level rise on coastal evolution between two capes: Onslow Bay, North Carolina. Doctoral dissertation, University of North Carolina

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
MONICA KELLY; Monica Kelly lives in Larchmont (1988) Three Crows Cause a Neighbor to Take Flights of Fancy. New York Times 12WC32

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (McFadden 2002).
This sentence cites two references (McFadden 2002; Frieda and Block 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Frieda and Block 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Zamudio et al. 2018)

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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