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
Bascompte, J., 2009. Disentangling the web of life. Science 325, 416–419.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kim, H., Kwon, S., 2013. Materials science. Water-responsive polymer composites on the move. Science 339, 150–151.
A journal article with 3 authors
Herne, M.C., Nair, J.P., Salisbury, S.W., 2010. Comment on “A southern tyrant reptile.” Science 329, 1013; author reply 1013.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Lamy, F., Kaiser, J., Ninnemann, U., Hebbeln, D., Arz, H.W., Stoner, J., 2004. Antarctic timing of surface water changes off Chile and Patagonian ice sheet response. Science 304, 1959–1962.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Qiu, R.G., 2014. Service Science. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Scholz, C., Zentes, J. (Eds.), 2006. Strategic Management — New Rules for Old Europe. Gabler, Wiesbaden.
A chapter in an edited book
Clarke, P.M., Calafat, A.L.M., Ekert, D., Ekstrom, J.J., Gornostaja, T., Jovanovic, M., Johansen, J., Mas, A., Messnarz, R., Villar, B.N., O’Connor, A., O’Connor, R.V., Reiner, M., Sauberer, G., Schmitz, K.-D., Yilmaz, M., 2016. Refactoring Software Development Process Terminology Through the Use of Ontology, in: Kreiner, C., O’Connor, R.V., Poth, A., Messnarz, R. (Eds.), Systems, Software and Services Process Improvement: 23rd European Conference, EuroSPI 2016, Graz, Austria, September 14-16, 2016, Proceedings, Communications in Computer and Information Science. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 47–57.

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
Luntz, S., 2014. Physicists Have A New Theory On How The Egyptians Built The Pyramids [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, 2011. Department of Energy: Advanced Technology Vehicle Loan Program Implementation Is Under Way, but Enhanced Technical Oversight and Performance Measures Are Needed (No. GAO-11-145). 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
Pepper, I., 2010. On the Difference between Serialism and Seriality (Doctoral dissertation). Columbia University, New York, NY.

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
Morris, M., 2012. Black Sheep. New York Times BR31.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bascompte, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Bascompte, 2009; Kim and Kwon, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Kim and Kwon, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Lamy et al., 2004)

About the journal

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

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