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
Smaglik P. (2005): Attractive information. – Nature 435: 529.
A journal article with 2 authors
Théry M. & Casas J. (2002): Predator and prey views of spider camouflage. – Nature 415: 133.
A journal article with 3 authors
Cottam J., Paerels F., & Mendez M. (2002): Gravitationally redshifted absorption lines in the X-ray burst spectra of a neutron star. – Nature 420: 51–54.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Tanaka Y., Tsuda S., Kunikata H., Sato J., Kokubun T., Yasuda M., Nishiguchi K. M., Inada T., & Nakazawa T. (2014): Profiles of extracellular miRNAs in the aqueous humor of glaucoma patients assessed with a microarray system. – Sci. Rep.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
McCrary S. A. (2010): Mastering Corporate Finance Essentials. – John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Rylander T. (2013): Computational Electromagnetics(P. Ingelström & A. Bondeson, Eds.). – Springer, New York, NY.
A chapter in an edited book
Blanco E., Pourroy F., & Arikoglu S. (2014): Role of Personas and Scenarios in Creating Shared Understanding of Functional Requirements: An Empirical Study. In Gero J.S. (ed.), Design Computing and Cognition ’12, pp. 61–78. – Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.

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
Fang J. (2015): How Do Mosquitoes Walk On Water? 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): Election Reform: Nine States’ Experiences Implementing Federal Requirements for Computerized Statewide Voter Registration Lists. – 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
Graham S. M. (2017): Conditions that Prompt the Migrant Worker Population to Access Pre-Hospital Emergency Care in Place of Health Centers in Qatar.

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
Crow K. (2003): Two Precincts, Two Worlds; East Flatbush: Stolen Cars, Murder in a Maroon Jeep. New York Times. 141.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Smaglik 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Théry & Casas 2002, Smaglik 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Théry & Casas 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Tanaka 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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