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
Macilwain, Colin. 2015. The future of science will soon be upon us. Nature 524: 137.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lohmann, Ulrike, and Glen Lesins. 2002. Stronger constraints on the anthropogenic indirect aerosol effect. Science (New York, N.Y.) 298: 1012–1015.
A journal article with 3 authors
Mellor, Jack, Roger A. Nicoll, and Dietmar Schmitz. 2002. Mediation of hippocampal mossy fiber long-term potentiation by presynaptic Ih channels. Science (New York, N.Y.) 295: 143–147.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Caccia, M., M. Tabandeh-Khorshid, G. Itskos, A. R. Strayer, A. S. Caldwell, S. Pidaparti, S. Singnisai, et al. 2018. Ceramic-metal composites for heat exchangers in concentrated solar power plants. Nature 562: 406–409.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ho, Rodney J. Y., and Milo Gibaldi. 2003. Biotechnology and Biopharmaceuticals. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Penn, J. S., ed. 2008. Retinal and Choroidal Angiogenesis. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Gill, Sarvajeet S., Naser A. Anjum, Iqbal Ahmad, P. Thangavel, G. Sridevi, M. Pacheco, Armando C. Duarte, Shahid Umar, Nafees A. Khan, and M. Eduarda Pereira. 2012. Metal Hyperaccumulation and Tolerance in Alyssum, Arabidopsis and Thlaspi: An Overview. In The Plant Family Brassicaceae: Contribution Towards Phytoremediation, ed. Naser A. Anjum, Iqbal Ahmad, M. Eduarda Pereira, Armando C. Duarte, Shahid Umar, and Nafees A. Khan, 99–137. Environmental Pollution. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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
Carpineti, Alfredo. 2016. Hubble Detects Faint Galaxy. IFLScience. IFLScience. May 12.


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. 1995. Telecommunications: Competition in the Mobile Communications Industry. T-RCED-96-20. 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
Quiros, Paula Quintana. 2014. SNR estimation and jamming detection techniques using wavelets. Doctoral dissertation, Long Beach, CA: 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
Hodara, Susan. 2014. Creatures Great, Small and Imagined. New York Times, April 6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Macilwain 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Lohmann and Lesins 2002; Macilwain 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Lohmann and Lesins 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Caccia 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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