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
Network, The Cancer Genome Atlas Research. 2013. Corrigendum: Comprehensive genomic characterization defines human glioblastoma genes and core pathways. Nature 494: 506.
A journal article with 2 authors
Senn, David B., and Harold F. Hemond. 2002. Nitrate controls on iron and arsenic in an urban lake. Science (New York, N.Y.) 296: 2373–2376.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bristow, C. S., S. D. Bailey, and N. Lancaster. 2000. The sedimentary structure of linear sand dunes. Nature 406: 56–59.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Banerji, Christopher R. S., Diego Miranda-Saavedra, Simone Severini, Martin Widschwendter, Tariq Enver, Joseph X. Zhou, and Andrew E. Teschendorff. 2013. Cellular network entropy as the energy potential in Waddington’s differentiation landscape. Scientific reports 3: 3039.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
McMillan, Edward J. 2010. Not-for-Profit Budgeting and Financial Management. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Scarpa, Riccardo, and Anna Alberini, ed. 2005. Applications of Simulation Methods in Environmental and Resource Economics. Vol. 6. The Economics of Non-Market Goods and Resources. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Trucchia, Francesco, and Jacopo Romei. 2010. Principles and Rules. In Pro PHP Refactoring, ed. Jacopo Romei, Michelle Lowman, Clay Andres, Steve Anglin, Mark Beckner, Ewan Buckingham, Gary Cornell, et al., 47–55. Berkeley, CA: Apress.

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
Davis, Josh. 2015. “Remarkable” Results Show Ebola Vaccine Trial Provides 100% Protection. IFLScience. IFLScience. August 1.


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. 2014. Information Technology: HUD Can Take Additional Actions to Improve Its Governance. GAO-15-56. 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
Amini, Behrooz. 2015. Linear Matrix Inequality Method for Periodic Systems. Doctoral dissertation, Edwardsville, IL: Southern Illinois 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
Greenhouse, Linda. 2007. Guantánamo Detainees Enjoy Historic Protections, Administration Says. New York Times, October 11.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Network 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Senn and Hemond 2002; Network 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Senn and Hemond 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Banerji et al. 2013)

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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