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
Türler A (2015) Nuclear chemistry: Lawrencium bridges a knowledge gap. Nature 520:166–167
A journal article with 2 authors
Raiborg C, Stenmark H (2011) Cell biology. A helix for the final cut. Science 331:1533–1534
A journal article with 3 authors
Pagel M, Atkinson QD, Meade A (2007) Frequency of word-use predicts rates of lexical evolution throughout Indo-European history. Nature 449:717–720
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Potapova TA, Daum JR, Pittman BD, et al (2006) The reversibility of mitotic exit in vertebrate cells. Nature 440:954–958

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Davey KJ (2014) Building Winning Algorithmic Trading Systems. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Pal R (2014) An Introduction to Phytoplanktons: Diversity and Ecology. Springer India, New Delhi
A chapter in an edited book
Prinja AK, Larsen EW (2010) General Principles of Neutron Transport. In: Cacuci DG (ed) Handbook of Nuclear Engineering. Springer US, Boston, MA, pp 427–542

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
Hamilton K (2015) Burying Beetles: Do Good Fathers Die Young? 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 (1999) Observations on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Fiscal Year 2000 Performance Plan. 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
Mande M (2017) Sisyphus’s Fault: How the Shifting Terrain of a Changing Institution Makes Curriculum Reform an “Impossible Task.” 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
Murphy MJO (2016) Two Momentous Occasions in New York History. New York Times C30

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Türler 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Raiborg and Stenmark 2011; Türler 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Raiborg and Stenmark 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Potapova et al. 2006)

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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