How to format your references using the Agronomy Journal citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Agronomy Journal. 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
Gammon, K. 2012. Mathematical modelling: Forecasting cancer. Nature 491(7425): S66-7.
A journal article with 2 authors
Shuler, M.G., and M.F. Bear. 2006. Reward timing in the primary visual cortex. Science 311(5767): 1606–1609.
A journal article with 3 authors
King, J.-R., T. Bekinschtein, and S. Dehaene. 2011. Comment on “Preserved feedforward but impaired top-down processes in the vegetative state.” Science 334(6060): 1203; author reply 1203.
A journal article with 6 or more authors
Calderaro, A., M.-C. Arcangeletti, I. Rodighiero, M. Buttrini, C. Gorrini, et al. 2014. Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry applied to virus identification. Sci. Rep. 4: 6803.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Brown, C. 2010. Fibonacci Analysis. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Osipov, E., A. Kassler, T.M. Bohnert, and X. Masip-Bruin, editors. 2010. Wired/Wireless Internet Communications: 8th International Conference, WWIC 2010, Luleå, Sweden, June 1-3, 2010. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Yucel, T., E. Yildiz, U. Erdemir, D.G. Cakan, and K. Sayinsu. 2016. Diagnosis. In: Erdemir, U. and Yildiz, E., editors, Esthetic and Functional Management of Diastema: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Springer International Publishing, Cham. p. 39–52

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 Journal.

Blog post
Andrew, E. 2014. Which Is The World’s Deadliest Spider, Really? IFLScience. (accessed 30 October 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. 2016. Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle: Action Needed to Improve Visibility into Cost, Schedule, and Capacity to Resolve Technical Challenges. 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
Garza-Meza, L.E. 2013. Photography as a spiritual technique.

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
Greenhouse, L. 2006. Some Whistle-Blowers Lose Free-Speech Protections. New York Times: A16.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gammon, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Shuler and Bear, 2006; Gammon, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Shuler and Bear, 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Calderaro et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleAgronomy Journal
AbbreviationAgron. J.
ISSN (print)1435-0645
ScopeAgronomy and Crop Science

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