How to format your references using the Agriculture and Natural Resources citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Agriculture and Natural Resources. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Lazic, S.E., 2013. Comment on “Stress in puberty unmasks latent neuropathological consequences of prenatal immune activation in mice.” Science 340, 811.
A journal article with 2 authors
Quinn, P.K., Bates, T.S., 2011. The case against climate regulation via oceanic phytoplankton sulphur emissions. Nature 480, 51–56.
A journal article with 3 authors
Adams, M.D., McVey, M., Sekelsky, J.J., 2003. Drosophila BLM in double-strand break repair by synthesis-dependent strand annealing. Science 299, 265–267.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Gomberg, J., Bodin, P., Larson, K., Dragert, H., 2004. Earthquake nucleation by transient deformations caused by the M = 7.9 Denali, Alaska, earthquake. Nature 427, 621–624.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
McGuiggan, P., 2005. GPRS in Practice. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Celletti, A., Ferraz-Mello, S. (Eds.), 2006. Periodic, Quasi-Periodic and Chaotic Motions in Celestial Mechanics: Theory and Applications: Selected papers from the Fourth Meeting on Celestial Mechanics, CELMEC IV San Martino al Cimino (Italy), 11–16 September 2005. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Johnson, C.F.A., Varma, J., 2015. Command-Line Parsing and Expansion, in: Varma, J. (Ed.), Pro Bash Programming: Scripting the GNU/Linux Shell. Apress, Berkeley, CA, pp. 29–41.

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 Natural Resources.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2015. New Evidence Suggests There Are More Dwarf Planets In Our Solar System [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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. Amtrak: Deteriorated Financial and Operating Conditions (No. T-RCED-95-90). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Houger, V.P., 2011. Generational differences and the impact to employee engagement: A program design (Doctoral dissertation). Capella University, Minneapolis, MN.

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, L., 2007. Legal Victory for Families of Disabled Students. New York Times A14.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lazic, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Lazic, 2013; Quinn and Bates, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Quinn and Bates, 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Gomberg et al., 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleAgriculture and Natural Resources
AbbreviationAgric. Nat. Resour.
ISSN (print)2452-316X

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