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
Figer DF (2014) Astrophysics: Monster star found hiding in plain sight. Nature 515:42–44
A journal article with 2 authors
Steven AC, Spear PG (2006) Biochemistry. Viral glycoproteins and an evolutionary conundrum. Science 313:177–178
A journal article with 3 authors
Hochberg YV, Serrano C, Ziedonis R (2015) ENTREPRENEURSHIP. Intangible but bankable. Science 348:1202
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Wong K-K, Maser RS, Bachoo RM, et al (2003) Telomere dysfunction and Atm deficiency compromises organ homeostasis and accelerates ageing. Nature 421:643–648

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Doldi L (2005) Validation of Communications Systems with SDL. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Crnkovic I, Gruhn V, Book M (eds) (2011) Software Architecture: 5th European Conference, ECSA 2011, Essen, Germany, September 13-16, 2011. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Yeakley JA (2014) Urban Hydrology in the Pacific Northwest. In: Yeakley JA, Maas-Hebner KG, Hughes RM (eds) Wild Salmonids in the Urbanizing Pacific Northwest. Springer, New York, NY, pp 59–74

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 (2016) “Stone Age” Of The Macaques Dates Back Half A Century. 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 (1988) Highway Safety: Monitoring Practices To Show Compliance With Speed Limits Should Be Reexamined. 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
Binkley PM (2012) Relationship of Graduate Student Involvement to Graduate Alumni Donor Behavior. Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University

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
Johnson G (2016) After 1.7 Million Years, a Bone Cancer Diagnosis. New York Times D3

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Figer 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Steven and Spear 2006; Figer 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Steven and Spear 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Wong et al. 2003)

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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