How to format your references using the Agronomy for Sustainable Development citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Agronomy for Sustainable Development. 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
Dunbar R (2003) Psychology. Evolution of the social brain. Science 302:1160–1161
A journal article with 2 authors
Casasanto D, Gordon P (2005) Crying “Whorf.” Science 307:1721–1722
A journal article with 3 authors
Mayr C, Hemann MT, Bartel DP (2007) Disrupting the pairing between let-7 and Hmga2 enhances oncogenic transformation. Science 315:1576–1579
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Hu S, Chapin FS 3rd, Firestone MK, et al (2001) Nitrogen limitation of microbial decomposition in a grassland under elevated CO2. Nature 409:188–191

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Phillips JJ, Phillips P, Pulliam A (2014) Measuring ROI in Environment, Health, and Safety. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Shimjith SR (2013) Modeling and Control of a Large Nuclear Reactor: A Three-Time-Scale Approach. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Emsley JG, Macklis JD (2006) Responses of the Adult SVZ to Neuronal Death and Injury. In: Levison SW (ed) Mammalian Subventricular Zones: Their Roles in Brain Development, Cell Replacement and Disease. Springer US, Boston, MA, pp 159–184

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 for Sustainable Development.

Blog post
Andrews R (2015) Why You Should Never Feed Bread To Ducks. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/stop-feeding-bread-ducks-people/. Accessed 30 Oct 2018

Reports

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 (2002) Department of Education: Guaranteed Student Loan Program Vulnerabilities. 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
McLeod DJ (2010) From fear to freedom: Overcoming obstacles and living truthfully in a role. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Story L, Walsh MW (2010) U.S. Is Said To Seek Way To Cut Ties With A.I.G. New York Times B1

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Dunbar 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Dunbar 2003; Casasanto and Gordon 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Casasanto and Gordon 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Hu et al. 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleAgronomy for Sustainable Development
AbbreviationAgron. Sustain. Dev.
ISSN (print)1774-0746
ISSN (online)1773-0155
ScopeAgronomy and Crop Science
Environmental Engineering

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