How to format your references using the Agricultural Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Agricultural Research. 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
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Bobrow M (2013) Balancing privacy with public benefit. Nature 500:123
A journal article with 2 authors
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Armitage BA, Berget PB (2008) Chemistry. An enlightening structure-function relationship. Science 319:1195–1196
A journal article with 3 authors
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Traag VA, Krings G, Van Dooren P (2013) Significant scales in community structure. Sci Rep 3:2930
A journal article with 5 or more authors
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Forde SE, Beardmore RE, Gudelj I, et al (2008) Understanding the limits to generalizability of experimental evolutionary models. Nature 455:220–223

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
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Kuus M (2013) Geopolitics and Expertise. John Wiley & Sons, Oxford
An edited book
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Goldberger JJ, Ng J (2010) Practical Signal and Image Processing in Clinical Cardiology. Springer, London
A chapter in an edited book
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Yamanaka N, Hou Q-C, Du S (2014) Vegetation of the Loess Plateau. In: Tsunekawa A, Liu G, Yamanaka N, Du S (eds) Restoration and Development of the Degraded Loess Plateau, China. Springer Japan, Tokyo, pp 49–60

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 Agricultural Research.

Blog post
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Andrew D (2016) Five Reasons Why Cutting NASA’s Climate Research Would Be A Colossal Mistake. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/environment/five-reasons-why-cutting-nasas-climate-research-would-be-a-colossal-mistake/. Accessed 30 Oct 2018

Reports

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
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Government Accountability Office (1993) FAA Budget: Important Challenges Affecting Aviation Safety, Capacity, and Efficiency. 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
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Kolb JN (2015) What’s professional development got to do with it? The value of lesson study in implementing the common core standards for mathematical practices. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
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Kelly P (1972) Letter to the Editor 3 -- No Title. New York Times Book ReviewBR8

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1, 2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleAgricultural Research
AbbreviationAgric. Res.
ISSN (print)2249-720X
ISSN (online)2249-7218
ScopeAgronomy and Crop Science
Food Science
Plant Science

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