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
Al-Hashimi, H.M. Biochemistry. Exciting Structures. Science 2010, 329, 1295–1296.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bridson, R.; Batty, C. Computer Science. Computational Physics in Film. Science 2010, 330, 1756–1757.
A journal article with 3 authors
Mueller, K.; Hough, S.E.; Bilham, R. Analysing the 1811-1812 New Madrid Earthquakes with Recent Instrumentally Recorded Aftershocks. Nature 2004, 429, 284–288.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Jetz, W.; Carbone, C.; Fulford, J.; Brown, J.H. The Scaling of Animal Space Use. Science 2004, 306, 266–268.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ibe, O.C. Fundamentals of Stochastic Networks; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2011; ISBN 9781118092972.
An edited book
Krasilnikov, P. The Soils of Mexico; Gutiérrez-Castorena, M. del C., Ahrens, R.J., Cruz-Gaistardo, C.O., Sedov, S., Solleiro-Rebolledo, E., Eds.; World Soils Book Series; Springer Netherlands: Dordrecht, 2013; ISBN 9789400756595.
A chapter in an edited book
Nedjar, S.; Casali, A.; Cicchetti, R.; Lakhal, L. Upper Borders for Emerging Cubes. In Data Warehousing and Knowledge Discovery: 10th International Conference, DaWaK 2008 Turin, Italy, September 2-5, 2008 Proceedings; Song, I.-Y., Eder, J., Nguyen, T.M., Eds.; Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2008; pp. 45–54 ISBN 9783540858355.

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
Andrew, D. Possibly Habitable Planet Found Around Our Nearest Neighbour Star 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 Information Technology: IRS Needs to Improve Its Processes for Prioritizing and Reporting Performance of Investments; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2016;

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Chandwasker, T. Comparison of Ad-Hoc on Demand Distance Vector and Enhanced-Ad-Hoc on Demand Distance Vector on Vehicular Ad-Hoc Networks. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach: Long Beach, CA, 2016.

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
Gordon, M.R. Trump Gives Mattis Authority to Send More Troops to Afghanistan. New York Times 2017, A13.

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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