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
Gibson, Greg. 2014. Cancer: Directions for the drivers. Nature 512: 31–32.
A journal article with 2 authors
Brown, Eric, and Heinrich M. Jaeger. 2011. Materials science. Through thick and thin. Science (New York, N.Y.) 333: 1230–1231.
A journal article with 3 authors
Perrin, Richard J., Anne M. Fagan, and David M. Holtzman. 2009. Multimodal techniques for diagnosis and prognosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Nature 461: 916–922.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Méndez-Ferrer, Simón, Daniel Lucas, Michela Battista, and Paul S. Frenette. 2008. Haematopoietic stem cell release is regulated by circadian oscillations. Nature 452: 442–447.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Early, William F., II. 2010. Contractor and Client Relations to Assure Process Safety. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Sergienko, Vladimir P. 2015. Noise and Vibration in Friction Systems. Edited by Sergey N. Bukharov. Vol. 212. Springer Series in Materials Science. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Mac Innis, K. A. 2005. The Canadian SSOP Fund and Environmental Damage Assessment (EDA) in Canada. In Marine Resource Damage Assessment: Liability and Compensation for Environmental Damage, ed. Frank Maes, 67–84. 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
Luntz, Stephen. 2015. Total Solar Eclipse To Darken Skies Above Europe March 20th. IFLScience. IFLScience. February 26.


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. 1980. Federal Year-End Spending: Symptom of a Larger Problem. PAD-81-18. 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
Stephens, April H. 2012. William Harold Fletcher (b. 1923): His life and career in music education at Oklahoma Christian University, 1950–2012. Doctoral dissertation, Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona.

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
Greenhouse, Linda. 2007. Judge Selection To Be Reviewed By U.S. Justices. New York Times, February 21.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gibson 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Brown and Jaeger 2011; Gibson 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Brown and Jaeger 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Méndez-Ferrer et al. 2008)

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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