How to format your references using the Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section B - Soil & Plant Science citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section B - Soil & Plant Science. 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
Spoor F. 2015. Palaeoanthropology: The middle Pliocene gets crowded. Nature. 521:432–433.
A journal article with 2 authors
Guttman M, Rinn JL. 2012. Modular regulatory principles of large non-coding RNAs. Nature. 482:339–346.
A journal article with 3 authors
Naylor RL, Williams SL, Strong DR. 2001. Ecology. Aquaculture--a gateway for exotic species. Science. 294:1655–1656.
A journal article with 12 or more authors
Levy JS, Fountain AG, Dickson JL, Head JW, Okal M, Marchant DR, Watters J. 2013. Accelerated thermokarst formation in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica. Sci Rep. 3:2269.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Collier CG. 2016. Hydrometeorology. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Ding C, Shao Z, Zheng R, editors. 2010. Network and Parallel Computing: IFIP International Conference, NPC 2010, Zhengzhou, China, September 13-15, 2010. Proceedings. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Strobel M, Gengenbach V. 2007. HDR Video Cameras. In: Hoefflinger B, editor. High-Dynamic-Range (HDR) Vision. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; p. 73–97.

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 Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section B - Soil & Plant Science.

Blog post
Hamilton K. 2017. Sleep Deprivation Makes The Brain Go Into Overdrive And “Eat Itself’’.” IFLScience [Internet]. [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from:


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. 1976. Current Funding Status of the Energy Research and Development Administration. 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
Redcay JD. 2014. Kindergarten students’ reading performance and perceptions of Ludus Reading: A mixed-method study [Doctoral dissertation]. Phoenix, AZ: University of Phoenix.

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
Feeney K. 2007. A Smorgasbord of Empanadas. New York Times.:NJ6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Spoor 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Guttman & Rinn 2012; Spoor 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Guttman & Rinn 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Levy et al. 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleActa Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section B - Soil & Plant Science
AbbreviationActa Agric. Scand. B Soil Plant Sci.
ISSN (print)0906-4710
ISSN (online)1651-1913
ScopeAgronomy and Crop Science
Soil Science

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