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
Scott JF (2007) Applications of modern ferroelectrics. Science 315:954–959
A journal article with 2 authors
Ghezzi I, Ruggles C (2007) Chankillo: a 2300-year-old solar observatory in coastal Peru. Science 315:1239–1243
A journal article with 3 authors
Ota KG, Kuraku S, Kuratani S (2007) Hagfish embryology with reference to the evolution of the neural crest. Nature 446:672–675
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Li K, Cong R, Wu T, Wang L (2014) Bluffing promotes overconfidence on social networks. Sci Rep 4:5491

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Stenzel J (2010) CIO Best Practices. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Saeed K, Snášel V (eds) (2014) Computer Information Systems and Industrial Management: 13th IFIP TC8 International Conference, CISIM 2014, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, November 5-7, 2014. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Jochem E (2009) Passive Houses and Buildings. In: Jochem E (ed) Improving the Efficiency of R&D and the Market Diffusion of Energy Technologies. Physica-Verlag HD, Heidelberg, pp 105–141

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
Andrew E (2015) Of Cats And Cliffs: The Ethical Dilemmas Of The Driverless Car. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/technology/cats-and-cliffs-ethical-dilemmas-driverless-car/. 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) ADP Budget: Information on Two IRS Computer Projects. 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
Crowley CJ (2010) A critical analysis of the CELF-4: The responsible clinician’s guide to the CELF-4. Doctoral dissertation, Columbia 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
French A (2014) The Last, Disposable Action Hero. New York Times MM32

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Scott 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Scott 2007; Ghezzi and Ruggles 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Ghezzi and Ruggles 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Li et al. 2014)

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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