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
Plenio MB (2009) Physics. Less is more. Science 324:342–343
A journal article with 2 authors
Guillette LJ Jr, Iguchi T (2012) Ecology. Life in a contaminated world. Science 337:1614–1615
A journal article with 3 authors
Veríssimo A, Cochrane MA, Souza C Jr (2002) Ecology. National forests in the Amazon. Science 297:1478
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Grenon SM, Jeanne M, Aguado-Zuniga J, et al (2013) Effects of gravitational mechanical unloading in endothelial cells: association between caveolins, inflammation and adhesion molecules. Sci Rep 3:1494

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wang J-J (2014) Hydraulic Fracturing in Earth-Rock Fill DAMS. John Wiley & Sons, Singapore Pte. Ltd, Singapore
An edited book
Atkinson K (2012) Spherical Harmonics and Approximations on the Unit Sphere: An Introduction. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Greve A, Bremer M (2010) Calculation of Solar Illumination. In: Bremer M (ed) Thermal Design and Thermal Behaviour of Radio Telescopes and their Enclosures. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 85–106

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) Feed A Virus But Starve Bacteria? When You’re Sick, It May Really Matter. 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 (1996) States’ Average College Tuition. 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
Bravo J (2009) Project Share: Implementing an aftercare program for recovering adolescents: 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
Crow K (2003) Tarred and Weathered, Cobblestones Are in Trouble. New York Times 147

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Plenio 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Plenio 2009; Guillette and Iguchi 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Guillette and Iguchi 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Grenon 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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