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
Marshall E (2000) BIOTECHNOLOGY:Disease Group Invests in Do-It-Yourself Drugs. Science 288:1715b–7b
A journal article with 2 authors
Brodsky EE, Lajoie LJ (2013) Anthropogenic seismicity rates and operational parameters at the Salton Sea Geothermal Field. Science 341:543–546
A journal article with 3 authors
Carr S, Heard DE, Blitz MA (2009) Comment on “Atmospheric hydroxyl radical production from electronically excited NO2 and H2O.” Science 324:336; author reply 336
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Naveilhan P, Hassani H, Lucas G, et al (2001) Reduced antinociception and plasma extravasation in mice lacking a neuropeptide Y receptor. Nature 409:513–517

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Reinhard P-G, Suraud E (2008) Introduction to Cluster Dynamics. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH, Weinheim, Germany
An edited book
Lamballais E, Friedrich R, Geurts BJ, Métais O (eds) (2006) Direct and Large-Eddy Simulation VI. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
A chapter in an edited book
Benner P (2015) Theory and Numerical Solution of Differential and Algebraic Riccati Equations. In: Benner P, Bollhöfer M, Kressner D, et al. (eds) Numerical Algebra, Matrix Theory, Differential-Algebraic Equations and Control Theory: Festschrift in Honor of Volker Mehrmann. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 67–105

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
Hale T (2016) A Walrus Has Been Born In A Canadian Aquarium For The First Time. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 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 (1975) Improved Planning and Management of Information Systems Development Needed. 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
Francom C (2012) Análisis sociolingüístico de eleccion de lengua en encuentros de servicio: Una perspectiva etnográfica y experimental. Doctoral dissertation, University of Arizona

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
Markoff J (2016) Another Sign of Trouble in Google’s Self-Driving Car Unit: Its Top Roboticist Is Leaving. New York Times B7

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Marshall 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Marshall 2000; Brodsky and Lajoie 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Brodsky and Lajoie 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Naveilhan 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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