How to format your references using the Agronomy citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Agronomy. 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
Wilson, J.M. Medicine. A History Lesson for Stem Cells. Science 2009, 324, 727–728.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kimble, J.; Page, D.C. The Mysteries of Sexual Identity. The Germ Cell’s Perspective. Science 2007, 316, 400–401.
A journal article with 3 authors
Zhu, L.; Ploessl, K.; Kung, H.F. Chemistry. Expanding the Scope of Fluorine Tags for PET Imaging. Science 2013, 342, 429–430.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Schell, A.W.; Kaschke, J.; Fischer, J.; Henze, R.; Wolters, J.; Wegener, M.; Benson, O. Three-Dimensional Quantum Photonic Elements Based on Single Nitrogen Vacancy-Centres in Laser-Written Microstructures. Sci. Rep. 2013, 3, 1577.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Funk, W.; Dammann, V.; Donnevert, G.; Ianelli, S.; Ianelli, E.; Gray, A. Quality Assurance in Analytical Chemistry; Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA: Weinheim, Germany, 2006; ISBN 9783527609444.
An edited book
Handbook of Regional Science; Fischer, M.M., Nijkamp, P., Eds.; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2014; ISBN 9783642234293.
A chapter in an edited book
Cunningham, A.M.; Rush, P.S.; Matkowskyj, K.A. Pathologic Features of Primary Pancreatic Malignancies. In Gastrointestinal Malignancies; Bentrem, D., Benson, A.B., Eds.; Cancer Treatment and Research; Springer International Publishing: Cham, 2016; pp. 77–100 ISBN 9783319342429.

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 Agronomy.

Blog post
Taub, B. Zombie Genes That Wake Up After You Die Could Help To Predict Time Of Death Available online: (accessed on 30 October 2018).


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 State Department: Overseas Emergency Security Program Progressing, But Costs Are Increasing; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2000;

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Kang, H. Essays on Methodologies in Contingent Valuation and the Sustainable Management of Common Pool Resources. Doctoral dissertation, Ohio State University: Columbus, OH, 2006.

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
Shear, M.D. An Attack Changes the Conversation as the President Travels On to Europe. New York Times 2017, A9.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleAgronomy
AbbreviationAgronomy (Basel)
ISSN (online)2073-4395

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