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
Glick, S. Rosalyn Sussman Yalow (1921-2011). Nature 2011, 474, 580.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kleinman, C.L.; Majewski, J. Comment on “Widespread RNA and DNA sequence differences in the human transcriptome.” Science 2012, 335, 1302; author reply 1302.
A journal article with 3 authors
Stratton, M.R.; Campbell, P.J.; Futreal, P.A. The cancer genome. Nature 2009, 458, 719–724.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Collman, J.P.; Devaraj, N.K.; Decréau, R.A.; Yang, Y.; Yan, Y.-L.; Ebina, W.; Eberspacher, T.A.; Chidsey, C.E.D. A cytochrome C oxidase model catalyzes oxygen to water reduction under rate-limiting electron flux. Science 2007, 315, 1565–1568.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Stenholm, S.; Suominen, K.-A. Quantum Approach to Informatics; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2005; ISBN 9780471739364.
An edited book
Electron Spin Resonance and Related Phenomena in Low-Dimensional Structures; Fanciulli, M., Ed.; Topics in Applied Physics; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2009; Vol. 115; ISBN 9783540793649.
A chapter in an edited book
Buesching, C.D.; Tinnesand, H.V.; Sin, Y.; Rosell, F.; Burke, T.; Macdonald, D.W. Coding of Group Odor in the Subcaudal Gland Secretion of the European Badger Meles meles: Chemical Composition and Pouch Microbiota. In Chemical Signals in Vertebrates 13; Schulte, B.A., Goodwin, T.E., Ferkin, M.H., Eds.; Springer International Publishing: Cham, 2016; pp. 45–62 ISBN 9783319220253.

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
Carpineti, A. Experiment Fails To Find Dark Matter After 20 Months Of Searching Available online: (accessed on Oct 30, 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
Woo, C. Cross-Cultural Encounter and the Novel: Nation, Identity, and Genre in Nineteenth-Century British Literature. Doctoral dissertation, Ohio State University: Columbus, OH, 2008.

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. Supreme Court Turns Down Detainees’ Habeas Corpus Case. New York Times 2007, A18.

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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