How to format your references using the Potato Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Potato Research. 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
Service RF (2000) CHEMISTRY NOBEL: Getting a Charge Out of Plastics. Science 290:425–427
A journal article with 2 authors
Frenking G, Holzmann N (2012) Chemistry. A boron-boron triple bond. Science 336:1394–1395
A journal article with 3 authors
Cowen RK, Paris CB, Srinivasan A (2006) Scaling of connectivity in marine populations. Science 311:522–527
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Sancak Y, Peterson TR, Shaul YD, et al (2008) The Rag GTPases bind raptor and mediate amino acid signaling to mTORC1. Science 320:1496–1501

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Reed SM, Hrci (2017) The HRCI Official Body of Knowledge. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Jiang X (2013) Android Malware. Springer, New York, NY
A chapter in an edited book
Bowden R, Ellis L, Kittler J, et al (2005) Unsupervised Symbol Grounding and Cognitive Bootstrapping in Cognitive Vision. In: Roli F, Vitulano S (eds) Image Analysis and Processing – ICIAP 2005: 13th International Conference, Cagliari, Italy, September 6-8, 2005. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 27–36

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 Potato Research.

Blog post
Andrews R (2016) Scientists Have Finally Solved 50-Year-Old Mystery Of Bizarre Signals. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/physics/scientists-finally-solve-50-year-old-mystery-atmospheric-echoes/. 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 (1987) NASA Procurement: The 1973 Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Motor Contractor Selection. 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
Unison-Pace WJ (2015) Investigating generational differences of perceived uncivilized behaviors between students and faculty in nursing education. Doctoral dissertation, Capella University

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
Kelly M (1992) THE 1992 CAMPAIGN: The Democrats; There They Go Again: Clinton and Gore Climb Back on Bus for a 3-Day Trip. New York Times A20

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Service 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Service 2000; Frenking and Holzmann 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Frenking and Holzmann 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Sancak et al. 2008)

About the journal

Full journal titlePotato Research
AbbreviationPotato Res.
ISSN (print)0014-3065
ISSN (online)1871-4528
ScopeAgronomy and Crop Science
Food Science

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