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
Budd, Graham E. 2002. A palaeontological solution to the arthropod head problem. Nature 417: 271–275.
A journal article with 2 authors
Zitvogel, Laurence, and Guido Kroemer. 2015. CANCER. A p53-regulated immune checkpoint relevant to cancer. Science (New York, N.Y.) 349: 476–477.
A journal article with 3 authors
Beerling, D. J., C. P. Osborne, and W. G. Chaloner. 2001. Evolution of leaf-form in land plants linked to atmospheric CO2 decline in the Late Palaeozoic era. Nature 410: 352–354.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Luo, Ming-Xing, Gang Xu, Xiu-Bo Chen, Yi-Xian Yang, and Xiaojun Wang. 2014. Efficient quantum transmission in multiple-source networks. Scientific reports 4: 4571.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Schwartz, Dan. 2010. The Future of Finance. 2 Clementi Loop, #02-01, Singapore 129809: John Wiley & Sons (Asia) Pte. Ltd.
An edited book
Chamoin, Ludovic, and Pedro Díez, ed. 2016. Verifying Calculations - Forty Years On: An Overview of Classical Verification Techniques for FEM Simulations. 1st ed. 2016. SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Lombardini, Leonardo. 2006. ECOPHYSIOLOGY OF PLANTS IN DRY ENVIRONMENTS. In Dryland Ecohydrology, ed. Paolo D’Odorico and Amilcare Porporato, 47–65. 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
Andrew, Elise. 2015. Revealed: First Warm-Blooded Fish (And We’ve Been Eating It For Years). IFLScience. IFLScience. May 17.


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. Digital Television Transition: Preliminary Information on Progress of the DTV Transition. GAO-08-191T. 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
Pahuja, Surbhi. 2013. Bandwidth feedback effects on retained movements in young and old adults. 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
Wilson, Michael. 2017. Prosecutors Say Chelsea Bombing Suspect Had ‘Evil in His Heart.’ New York Times, October 12.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Budd 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Budd 2002; Zitvogel and Kroemer 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Zitvogel and Kroemer 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Luo et al. 2014)

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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