PLOS Biology Referencing Guide
(updated Jul 2022)


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How to do citations in PLOS Biology style?

This is the Citationsy guide to PLOS Biology citations, reference lists, in-text citations, and bibliographies.
The complete, comprehensive guide shows you how easy citing any source can be. Referencing books, youtube videos, websites, articles, journals, podcasts, images, videos, or music in PLOS Biology.

cite PLOS Biology  — Referencing Guide



How do you cite a book in the PLOS Biology referencing style? (2022 Guide)

One of the most cited mediums is of course books. Here’s how to cite a book in PLOS Biology

Here’s an example book citation in PLOS Biology using placeholders:
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Last Name FN. Title. Edition. Editor Last Name EFN, editor. City: Publisher; 2000.
So if we want to cite, for example, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou we’d do so like this:
PLOS Biology citation:
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Angelou M. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. 1st ed. New York: Random House; 1969.
And an in-text citation book citation in PLOS Biology looks like this: [1]

How to reference a journal article in the PLOS Biology citation style?

How do you cite scientific papers in PLOS Biology format?

Citing a research paper or journal article in PLOS Biology is pretty straightforward. Here’s how

Here’s a PLOS Biology journal citation example using placeholders:
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Author1 LastnameAF, Author3 LastnameAF. Title. Container. 2000;Volume: pages Used. doi:DOI
So if we want to reference this scientific article: “Testing consumer preferences for iced-coffee: Does the drinking environment have any influence?” by C. Petit and J.M. Sieffermann in PLOS Biology:
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Petit C, Sieffermann J. Testing consumer preferences for iced-coffee: Does the drinking environment have any influence?. 2007;18: 161-172. doi:10.1016/j.foodqual.2006.05.008
And an in-text citation would look like this: [1]

How to cite a website in a paper in PLOS Biology style?

If you’re writing a research paper, you’ll likely do a fair amount of research online. If you have websites that you want to use as sources for your paper in PLOS Biology, follow this simple guide

Here’s an PLOS Biology example website reference:
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Author1 LastnameAF, Author2 LastnameAF. Title. In: [Internet]. Publisher; 1Jan.2000 [cited 6Jul.2022]. Available: https://www.example.com
To reference the article located at this link:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/nov/05/uselections20083
on The Guardian website:
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Tran M. Barack Obama To Be America’s First Black President. In: [Internet]. The Guardian; 5Nov.2008 [cited 6Jul.2022]. Available: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/nov/05/uselections20083
And an in-text citation would look like this: [1]

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How to cite a YouTube video PLOS Biology in 2022

While you might first think of books, journal articles, and news websites as go-to sources for academic work, YouTube also provides a wealth of quality information. Here’s how to cite it in PLOS Biology

Here’s a PLOS Biology citation YouTube video example:
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ChannelName. Title. In: YouTube [Internet]. 1Jan.2000 [cited 6Jul.2022]. Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXXXXX
So how to cite a video PLOS Biology?
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Pixar. Pizza Clip — Inside Out. In: YouTube [Internet]. 3Jun.2015 [cited 6Jul.2022]. Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8W6rntBADUQ
And an in-text video citation would look like this: [1]

How to cite a podcast using PLOS Biology referencing style

Podcasts can be perfect sources of information for your research paper. They cover a wide range of topics you may want to address in your paper. Here’s how to cite them in PLOS Biology

It is becoming more and more common to reference podcasts in essays or other school work.
Here’s how to reference a podcast it in PLOS Biology.
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Lastname F. Title. Publisher; 2000. Available: http://www.example.com
Podcast referencing example in PLOS Biology using “This American Life” episode 640:
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This American Life. 640: Five Women. WBEZ Radio; 2018. Available: https://thisamericanlife.org/640/five-women
And an in-text citation would look like this: [1]

How to cite a piece of music or a song using PLOS Biology referencing style?

Did you know that Bob Dylan has written well over 500 different songs? Here’s how to cite any song in PLOS Biology

An example song citation in PLOS Biology.
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Lastname F. Song Title. Album. 2000. Available: http://www.example.com
Let‘s say we want to reference “Here Comes the Sun” off The Beatles “Abbey Road” album in PLOS Biology:
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The Beatles. Here Comes the Sun. Abbey Road. 1969. Available: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/here-comes-the-sun/401186200?i=401187150
And an in-text citation would look like this: [1]


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