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
Antonelli A. (2015): Biodiversity: Multiple origins of mountain life. – Nature 524: 300–301.
A journal article with 2 authors
Macquaker J. H. S. & Bohacs K. M. (2007): Geology. On the accumulation of mud. – Science 318: 1734–1735.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lykotrafitis G., Rosakis A. J., & Ravichandran G. (2006): Self-healing pulse-like shear ruptures in the laboratory. – Science 313: 1765–1768.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Pitman J. L., McGill J. J., Keegan K. P., & Allada R. (2006): A dynamic role for the mushroom bodies in promoting sleep in Drosophila. – Nature 441: 753–756.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Franco P. (2014): Understanding Bitcoin. – John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Hsu R. C.-H. & Wang S. (Eds). (2014): Internet of Vehicles – Technologies and Services: First International Conference, IOV, Beijing, China, September 1-3, 2014. Proceedings. – Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Susperregi L., Sierra B., Martínez-Otzeta J. M., Lazkano E., & Ansuategui A. (2012): A Layered Learning Approach to 3D Multimodal People Detection Using Low-Cost Sensors in a Mobile Robot. In Novais P., Hallenborg K., Tapia D.I., & Rodríguez J.M.C. (eds.), Ambient Intelligence - Software and Applications: 3rd International Symposium on Ambient Intelligence (ISAmI 2012), pp. 27–33. Advances in Intelligent and Soft Computing. – Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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
Hale T. (2017): Yep, That Viral Video Of A Shark Attacking A Porn Star Was Bullshit. 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. (1988): ADP Planning: Allegations of Inadequate Procurements at the National Archives. – 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
Flannery R. (2006): Clustering of Cyclic-Nucleotide-Gated Channels in Olfactory Cilia.

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
Greenhouse L. (2007): Passengers Granted Same Right as Drivers. New York Times. A12.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Antonelli 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Macquaker & Bohacs 2007, Antonelli 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Macquaker & Bohacs 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Pitman et al. 2006)

About the journal

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

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