How to format your references using the Preslia - The Journal of the Czech Botanical Society citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Preslia - The Journal of the Czech Botanical Society. 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
Goldston D. (2009): Climate future. – Nature 459: 628.
A journal article with 2 authors
Williams B. R. G. & Sen G. C. (2003): Immunology. A viral on/off switch for interferon. – Science 300: 1100–1101.
A journal article with 3 authors
Comas D., Petit F., & Preat T. (2004): Drosophila long-term memory formation involves regulation of cathepsin activity. – Nature 430: 460–463.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Flood A. H., Stoddart J. F., Steuerman D. W., & Heath J. R. (2004): Chemistry. Whence molecular electronics? – Science 306: 2055–2056.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Windom C. A. Sr., Gaidhani H., & Fontana A. (2010): Virtualizing. – Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, IN, USA.
An edited book
Gupta S. K. (Ed). (2012): Technological Innovations in Major World Oil Crops, Volume 2: Perspectives. – Springer, New York, NY.
A chapter in an edited book
Calvo-Zaragoza J., Higuera C. de la, & Oncina J. (2016): Computing the Expected Edit Distance from a String to a PFA. In Han Y.-S. & Salomaa K. (eds.), Implementation and Application of Automata: 21st International Conference, CIAA 2016, Seoul, South Korea, July 19-22, 2016, Proceedings, pp. 39–50. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. – Springer International Publishing, Cham.

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 Preslia - The Journal of the Czech Botanical Society.

Blog post
Carpineti A. (2015): Scientists Figure Out Why High Intensity Training Can Be As Effective As Longer Exercise. IFLScience.


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. (2006): Critical Infrastructure Protection: Progress Coordinating Government and Private Sector Efforts Varies by Sectors’ Characteristics. – 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
Wistrom C. A. (2017): Perceptions of School Leaders Regarding the Benefits of Leadership Dashboards.

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
Feeney K. (2011): Glorifying the Chickpea. New York Times. NJ9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Goldston 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Williams & Sen 2003, Goldston 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Williams & Sen 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Flood et al. 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titlePreslia - The Journal of the Czech Botanical Society
ISSN (print)0032-7786
ScopePlant Science

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