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
Anand, P., 2002. Public health. Decision-making when science is ambiguous. Science 295, 1839.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ueba, H., Wolf, M., 2005. Chemistry. Lateral hopping requires molecular rocking. Science 310, 1774–1775.
A journal article with 3 authors
Li, J., An, J., Ting, C.S., 2013. Interaction-induced localization of mobile impurities in ultracold systems. Sci. Rep. 3, 3147.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Tang, H., Bowers, J.E., Wang, X., Ming, R., Alam, M., Paterson, A.H., 2008. Synteny and collinearity in plant genomes. Science 320, 486–488.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lalanne, C., 2014. Sinusoidal Vibration. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
d’Agostino, L., Salvetti, M.V. (Eds.), 2007. Fluid Dynamics of Cavitation and Cavitating Turbopumps, CISM International Centre for Mechanical Sciences. Springer, Vienna.
A chapter in an edited book
Dibben, M., Hogg, G., 2015. The Role of Interpersonal Trust in the Client-Consultancy Relationship: An Exploratory Analysis, in: Ford, J.B., Honeycutt, E.D., Jr. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 1998 Academy of Marketing Science (AMS) Annual Conference, Developments in Marketing Science: Proceedings of the Academy of Marketing Science. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 27–27.

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
Andrew, E., 2015. Russian Spaceship Hurtles Towards Earth After Losing Contact [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, 1984. ADP, IRM & Telecommunications (No. IMTEC-84-9). 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
Rosenfeld, E.G., 2009. The ascent of women to senior leadership positions in the financial services industry: A phenomenological 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
Kelly, M., 1992. THE 1992 CAMPAIGN: The Democrats; CLINTON SAYS BUSH IMPERILS ELDERLY. New York Times A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Anand, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Anand, 2002; Ueba and Wolf, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Ueba and Wolf, 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Tang et al., 2008)

About the journal

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

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