How to format your references using the Theoretical and Experimental Plant Physiology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Theoretical and Experimental Plant Physiology. 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
Marshall E (2008) Clinical trials and tribulations. Lemons, oranges, and complexity. Introduction. Science 322:209
A journal article with 2 authors
Hardy J, Selkoe DJ (2002) The amyloid hypothesis of Alzheimer’s disease: progress and problems on the road to therapeutics. Science 297:353–356
A journal article with 3 authors
Cui P, Tang M, Wu Z-X (2014) Message spreading in networks with stickiness and persistence: large clustering does not always facilitate large-scale diffusion. Sci Rep 4:6303
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Phillips R, Ursell T, Wiggins P, Sens P (2009) Emerging roles for lipids in shaping membrane-protein function. Nature 459:379–385

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kunz W (2012) Do Species Exist? Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany
An edited book
Rhodes J (2009) The q-theory of Finite Semigroups. Springer US, Boston, MA
A chapter in an edited book
Ballarini P, Mäkelä J, Ribeiro AS (2012) Expressive Statistical Model Checking of Genetic Networks with Delayed Stochastic Dynamics. In: Gilbert D, Heiner M (eds) Computational Methods in Systems Biology: 10th International Conference, CMSB 2012, London, UK, October 3-5, 2012. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 29–48

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 Theoretical and Experimental Plant Physiology.

Blog post
Carpineti A (2016) No New Particles But Hundreds Of Results Announced By CERN. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/physics/no-new-particles-but-hundreds-of-results-announced-by-cern/. Accessed 30 Oct 2018

Reports

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 (1977) Comments on Proposed Legislation to Prohibit the Discharging of Fuel at Sea. 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
Katz RL (2014) Graduate nursing students’ perceptions regarding caring for patients with HIV. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Kelly DA (2007) Tools for Travelers. New York Times H2

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Marshall 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Hardy and Selkoe 2002; Marshall 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Hardy and Selkoe 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Phillips et al. 2009)

About the journal

Full journal titleTheoretical and Experimental Plant Physiology
AbbreviationTheor. Exp. Plant Physiol.
ISSN (online)2197-0025
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