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
Prather M. J. (2003): Atmospheric science. An environmental experiment with H2? – Science 302: 581–582.
A journal article with 2 authors
Smaglik P. & Frantz S. (2003): The biotechnology sector’s craving for commercial expertise is fuelling a cultural exchange with drug industry. – Nature 422: 542–543.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yamada T., Dautry A., & Walport M. (2008): Ready for avian flu? – Nature 454: 162.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Derraik J. G. B., Bock M. de, Hofman P. L., & Cutfield W. S. (2014): Increasing BMI is associated with a progressive reduction in physical quality of life among overweight middle-aged men. – Sci. Rep.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kurrer K.-E. (2016): Geschichte der Baustatik. – Wilhelm Ernst & Sohn, Verlag für Architektur und technische Wissenschaften GmbH & Co. KG, Berlin, Germany.
An edited book
Asay B. W. (Ed). (2010): Shock Wave Science and Technology Reference Library, Vol. 5: Non-Shock Initiation of Explosives. – Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Krasniansky G. L. (2016): Coal in the economy of Russia. In Litvinenko V. (ed.), XVIII International Coal Preparation Congress: 28 June—01 July 2016 Saint-Petersburg, Russia, pp. 35–40. – 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
Luntz S. (2014): Crows Understand Displacement Better Than Six Year Olds. 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. (1997): Aviation Security: Posting Notices at Domestic Airports. – 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
Morris L. (2010): Evolving the leadership model of the American theatre to forge a fiscally and artistically secure future.

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
McKINLEY J. & Mueller B. (2015): Glimpses Inside Secretive Sect After Teenager’s Fatal Beating. New York Times. A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Prather 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Smaglik & Frantz 2003, Prather 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Smaglik & Frantz 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Derraik et al. 2014)

About the journal

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

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