How to format your references using the Agriculture and Human Values citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Agriculture and Human Values. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Haile-Selassie, Y. 2001. Late Miocene hominids from the Middle Awash, Ethiopia. Nature 412: 178–181.
A journal article with 2 authors
Gomberg, Joan, and Paul Johnson. 2005. Seismology: dynamic triggering of earthquakes. Nature 437: 830.
A journal article with 3 authors
Jamtveit, B., H. Austrheim, and A. Malthe-Sørenssen. 2000. Accelerated hydration of the Earth’s deep crust induced by stress perturbations. Nature 408: 75–78.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Asadi, Mohammad, Baharak Sayahpour, Pedram Abbasi, Anh T. Ngo, Klas Karis, Jacob R. Jokisaari, Cong Liu, et al. 2018. A lithium-oxygen battery with a long cycle life in an air-like atmosphere. Nature 555: 502–506.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kelly, Virginia A. 2015. ADDICTION in the Family: What Every Counselor Needs to Know. Alexandria, USA: American Counseling Association.
An edited book
Zhou, Jia, and Gavriel Salvendy, ed. 2016. Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population. Healthy and Active Aging: Second International Conference, ITAP 2016, Held as Part of HCI International 2016 Toronto, ON, Canada, July 17–22, 2016, Proceedings, Part II. Vol. 9755. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Xiong, Zhihua, and Zhisheng Yao. 2014. The Evolvement Mechanism of Land Use and Urban Space Structure Along Rail Transit. In The 2nd International Symposium on Rail Transit Comprehensive Development (ISRTCD) Proceedings, ed. Haishan Xia and Yunan Zhang, 51–58. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

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 Agriculture and Human Values.

Blog post
Fang, Janet. 2014. Hubble Captures the Glowing Heart of a Spiral Galaxy. IFLScience. IFLScience. July 15.


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. 1998. Year 2000 Computing Crisis: Strong Leadership and Effective Partnerships Needed to Reduce Likelihood of Adverse Impact. T-AIMD-98-277. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Ahmadi, Seyed Ali. 2009. Synergistic interplay between math search and handwritten mathematical notation recognition. Doctoral dissertation, Washington, DC: George Washington University.

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
Dorman, John L. 2017. August Wilson’s Pittsburgh. New York Times, August 15.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Haile-Selassie 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Haile-Selassie 2001; Gomberg and Johnson 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Gomberg and Johnson 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Asadi et al. 2018)

About the journal

Full journal titleAgriculture and Human Values
AbbreviationAgric. Human Values
ISSN (print)0889-048X
ISSN (online)1572-8366
ScopeAgronomy and Crop Science

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