How to format your references using the Scientia Horticulturae citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Scientia Horticulturae. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Cartwright, J., 2001. Stranger than fiction. Nature 412, 683.
A journal article with 2 authors
Scully, M.O., Zubairy, M.S., 2003. Physics. Playing tricks with slow light. Science 301, 181–182.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lake, B.M., Salakhutdinov, R., Tenenbaum, J.B., 2015. Human-level concept learning through probabilistic program induction. Science 350, 1332–1338.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Greilich, A., Shabaev, A., Yakovlev, D.R., Efros, A.L., Yugova, I.A., Reuter, D., Wieck, A.D., Bayer, M., 2007. Nuclei-induced frequency focusing of electron spin coherence. Science 317, 1896–1899.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hartfuß, H.-J., Geist, T., 2013. Fusion Plasma Diagnostics with mm-Waves. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany.
An edited book
Babin, P.J., Cerdà, J., Lubzens, E. (Eds.), 2007. The Fish Oocyte: From Basic Studies to Biotechnological Applications. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Al-Majeed, S.S., Fleury, M., 2010. Multi-connection TFRC Video Streaming in a Concatenated Network: Latency and Video Quality, in: Özcan, A., Chaki, N., Nagamalai, D. (Eds.), Recent Trends in Wireless and Mobile Networks: Second International Conference, WiMo 2010, Ankara, Turkey, June 26-28, 2010. Proceedings, Communications in Computer and Information Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 34–45.

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 Scientia Horticulturae.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2014. Dog Born Without Front Limbs Given 3D Printed Legs [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 2015. Environmental Satellites: Improvements Needed in NOAA’s Mitigation Strategies as It Prepares for Potential Satellite Coverage Gaps (No. GAO-15-386T). 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
Kyriacou, A., 2011. A method of verification of the total treatment time for the APBI (Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation) devices: Contura Multilumen Balloon and SAVI applicator (Doctoral dissertation). Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL.

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
St. John Kelly, E., 1994. PLAYING IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. New York Times 1412.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Cartwright, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Cartwright, 2001; Scully and Zubairy, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Scully and Zubairy, 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Greilich et al., 2007)

About the journal

Full journal titleScientia Horticulturae
AbbreviationSci. Hortic. (Amsterdam)
ISSN (print)0304-4238

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