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
Watson T (2014) Environment: Breathing trouble. Nature 513:S14-5
A journal article with 2 authors
Evans JA, Reimer J (2009) Open access and global participation in science. Science 323:1025
A journal article with 3 authors
Neil SJD, Zang T, Bieniasz PD (2008) Tetherin inhibits retrovirus release and is antagonized by HIV-1 Vpu. Nature 451:425–430
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Mohamed BM, Movia D, Knyazev A, et al (2013) Citrullination as early-stage indicator of cell response to single-walled carbon nanotubes. Sci Rep 3:1124

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Meiswinkel R, Meyer J, Schnell J (2013) Design and Construction of Nuclear Power Plants. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany
An edited book
Frolov KV, Baecher GB (eds) (2006) Protection of Civilian Infrastructure from Acts of Terrorism. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
A chapter in an edited book
Tamene L, Vlek PLG (2008) Soil Erosion Studies in Northern Ethiopia. In: Braimoh AK, Vlek PLG (eds) Land Use and Soil Resources. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp 73–100

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) Priceless Specimens Destroyed In A Fire At India’s Natural History Museum. 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 (2007) Information Technology: Census Bureau Needs to Improve Its Risk Management of Decennial Systems. 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
Garcia CA (2010) Tracking chemistry self-efficacy and achievement in a preparatory chemistry course. Doctoral dissertation, University of South Florida

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
Hodara S (2014) An Eye for the 20th Century. New York Times WE10

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Watson 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Evans and Reimer 2009; Watson 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Evans and Reimer 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Mohamed et al. 2013)

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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