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
Pearson, H., 2001. China caught out as model shows net fall in fish. Nature 414, 477.
A journal article with 2 authors
Reyes, C.L., Chang, G., 2005. Structure of the ABC transporter MsbA in complex with ADP.vanadate and lipopolysaccharide. Science 308, 1028–1031.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kokoeva, M.V., Yin, H., Flier, J.S., 2005. Neurogenesis in the hypothalamus of adult mice: potential role in energy balance. Science 310, 679–683.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Patil, R.A., Devan, R.S., Lin, J.-H., Liou, Y., Ma, Y.-R., 2013. An efficient methodology for measurement of the average electrical properties of single one-dimensional NiO nanorods. Sci. Rep. 3, 3070.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Davino, C., Furno, M., Vistocco, D., 2014. Quantile Regression: Theory and Applications, Wiley Series in Probability and Statistics. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford.
An edited book
Bostan, B. (Ed.), 2016. Gamer Psychology and Behavior, International Series on Computer Entertainment and Media Technology. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Shaftel, J., 2010. Accountability, in: Clauss-Ehlers, C.S. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Cross-Cultural School Psychology. Springer US, Boston, MA, pp. 73–75.

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., 2017. Neil deGrasse Tyson Says He’ll Only Go To Mars If Elon Musk Sends His Mom First [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, 2007. Passenger Rail Security: Federal Strategy and Enhanced Coordination Needed to Prioritize and Guide Security Efforts (No. GAO-07-459T). 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
Picchini, A.M., 2010. Neurogenesis in the adult hippocampus: Modulation of stem cell fate by experience (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
Johnson, G., 2015. The Gradual Extinction of Accepted Truths. New York Times D6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Pearson, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Pearson, 2001; Reyes and Chang, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Reyes and Chang, 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Patil et al., 2013)

About the journal

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

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