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
Lloyd, S., 2008. Quantum information matters. Science 319, 1209–1211.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ehrenfreund, P., Foing, B.H., 2010. Astronomy. Fullerenes and cosmic carbon. Science 329, 1159–1160.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hori, S., Nomura, T., Sakaguchi, S., 2003. Control of regulatory T cell development by the transcription factor Foxp3. Science 299, 1057–1061.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Wang, M., Fu, L., Gan, L., Zhang, C., Rümmeli, M., Bachmatiuk, A., Huang, K., Fang, Y., Liu, Z., 2013. CVD growth of large area smooth-edged graphene nanomesh by nanosphere lithography. Sci. Rep. 3, 1238.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Geren, R.L., 2016. Applying the Building Code. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Rippe, J.M. (Ed.), 2014. Fructose, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sucrose and Health, Nutrition and Health. Springer, New York, NY.
A chapter in an edited book
Borwein, J.M., Skerritt, M.P., 2011. Visualization and Geometry: A Postscript, in: Skerritt, M.P. (Ed.), An Introduction to Modern Mathematical Computing: With MapleTM, Springer Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics and Technology. Springer, New York, NY, pp. 187–201.

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
Carpineti, A., 2016. It’s A Busy Month For Asteroids Flying Past Earth [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, 2005. Aviation Security: Transportation Security Administration Did Not Fully Disclose Uses of Personal Information During Secure Flight Program Testing in Initial Privacy Notes, but Has Recently Taken Steps to More Fully Inform the Public (No. GAO-05-864R). 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
Teo, Y.M., 2017. Acculturation Levels, Social Media Usage and Their Relationship with Dietary Patterns among Asian American Young Adults (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Davey, M., Walsh, M.W., 2014. Plan on Repaying Debt Is Presented to Detroit’s Creditors. New York Times A18.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lloyd, 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Ehrenfreund and Foing, 2010; Lloyd, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Ehrenfreund and Foing, 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Wang et al., 2013)

About the journal

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

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