How to format your references using the Agri Gene citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Agri Gene. 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
McNab, B.K., 2003. Metabolism: ecology shapes bird bioenergetics. Nature 426, 620–621.
A journal article with 2 authors
Beninger, R.J., Quinsey, V.L., 2006. Animal behaviour: chimpanzee choice and prosociality. Nature 440, E6; discussion E6.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lind, P.A., Berg, O.G., Andersson, D.I., 2010. Mutational robustness of ribosomal protein genes. Science 330, 825–827.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Liljeros, F., Edling, C.R., Amaral, L.A., Stanley, H.E., Aberg, Y., 2001. The web of human sexual contacts. Nature 411, 907–908.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Nölte, J., 2005. ICP Emissionsspektrometrie für Praktiker. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG.
An edited book
Ivancevic, T., 2015. Enhancing Performance and Reducing Stress in Sports: Technological Advances, Cognitive Systems Monographs. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Klingbeil, H., Laier, U., Lens, D., 2015. RF Cavities, in: Laier, U., Lens, D. (Eds.), Theoretical Foundations of Synchrotron and Storage Ring RF Systems, Particle Acceleration and Detection. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 173–224.

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 Agri Gene.

Blog post
Hale, T., 2017. Another Newly Discovered Asteroid Will Fly By Earth Tonight [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, 1990. High Definition Television: The Effects of Standards on U.S. Entertainment Industries (No. IMTEC-90-33). 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
Cady, S.C., 2013. Successful student goal completion: A community college case study (Doctoral dissertation). Capella University, Minneapolis, MN.

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. Falafel, Panini Style. New York Times NJ12.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (McNab, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Beninger and Quinsey, 2006; McNab, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Beninger and Quinsey, 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Liljeros et al., 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleAgri Gene
AbbreviationAgri Gene
ISSN (print)2352-2151

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