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
Sargis EJ (2002) Paleontology. Primate origins nailed. Science 298:1564–1565
A journal article with 2 authors
Duncan RG, Rivet AE (2013) Science education. Science learning progressions. Science 339:396–397
A journal article with 3 authors
Gadalla MN, Abdel-Rahman M, Shamim A (2014) Design, optimization and fabrication of a 28.3 THz nano-rectenna for infrared detection and rectification. Sci Rep 4:4270
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Matzuk MM, Burns KH, Viveiros MM, Eppig JJ (2002) Intercellular communication in the mammalian ovary: oocytes carry the conversation. Science 296:2178–2180

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ni Z, Pacoret C, Benosman R, Régnier S (2014) Haptic Feedback Teleoperation of Optical Tweezers. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Law N (2011) Educational Innovations Beyond Technology: Nurturing Leadership and Establishing Learning Organizations. Springer US, Boston, MA
A chapter in an edited book
Sánchez-Silva M, Klutke G-A (2016) Degradation: Data Analysis and Analytical Modeling. In: Klutke G-A (ed) Reliability and Life-Cycle Analysis of Deteriorating Systems. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 79–116

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 (2015) New Research Shows How To Trap Cancer By Turning Your Body Against The Tumour. 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 (1986) Designing Evaluations: A Workbook. 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
Jakubowski JK (2013) Making character education a reality: An investigation of secondary teachers’ perspectives toward implementation. 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
Otis J (2017) Dangers Behind, Uncertainties Ahead, but Together at Last. New York Times A19

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Sargis 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Sargis 2002; Duncan and Rivet 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Duncan and Rivet 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Matzuk et al. 2002)

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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