How to format your references using the Seed Science Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Seed Science Research. 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
Sorenson, E. (2007) Gates of opportunity. Nature 447, 502–503.
A journal article with 2 authors
Brewer, P. G. and Peltzer, E. T. (2009) OCEANS. Limits to marine life. Science (New York, N.Y.) 324, 347–348.
A journal article with 3 authors
Palop, J. J., Chin, J. and Mucke, L. (2006) A network dysfunction perspective on neurodegenerative diseases. Nature 443, 768–773.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Gregory, R. I., Yan, K.-P., Amuthan, G., Chendrimada, T., Doratotaj, B., Cooch, N. and Shiekhattar, R. (2004) The Microprocessor complex mediates the genesis of microRNAs. Nature 432, 235–240.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Jarry, P. and Beneat, J. (2007) Advanced Design Techniques and Realizations of Microwave and RF Filters. Hoboken, NJ, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Schreck, P., Narboux, J. and Richter-Gebert, J. eds. (2011) Automated Deduction in Geometry: 8th International Workshop, ADG 2010, Munich, Germany, July 22-24, 2010, Revised Selected Papers. Berlin, Heidelberg, Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Andresen, E. (2016) Compensation for Human Rights Violations in Estonia, pp. 43–67 in Bagińska, E. (Ed.) Damages for Violations of Human Rights: A Comparative Study of Domestic Legal Systems. Cham, Springer International Publishing.

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 Seed Science Research.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015) IFLScience. (accessed 30 October 2018).


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 (2005) Space Shuttle: Actions Needed to Better Position NASA to Sustain Its Workforce Through Retirement. GAO-05-230. Washington, DC, U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Aguerrebere, Y. (2009) Case study of home-school visits.

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
Zernike, K. (2015) ‘A Crazy Shake.’ Then Metal Tearing, and Chaos.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Sorenson, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Sorenson, 2007; Brewer and Peltzer, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Brewer and Peltzer, 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Gregory et al., 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleSeed Science Research
AbbreviationSeed Sci. Res.
ISSN (print)0960-2585
ISSN (online)1475-2735
ScopePlant Science

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