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
Gottfried, K. 2002. Matter all in the mind. Nature 419(6903): 117.
A journal article with 2 authors
Müller, B., and J. Sheen. 2008. Cytokinin and auxin interaction in root stem-cell specification during early embryogenesis. Nature 453(7198): 1094–1097.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kaan, H.Y.K., D.D. Hackney, and F. Kozielski. 2011. The structure of the kinesin-1 motor-tail complex reveals the mechanism of autoinhibition. Science 333(6044): 883–885.
A journal article with 6 or more authors
Feng, Y., J. Yang, H. Liu, F. Ye, and J. Yang. 2014. Selective electrocatalysts toward a prototype of the membraneless direct methanol fuel cell. Sci. Rep. 4: 3813.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gilmore, R., and M. Lefranc. 2011. The Topology of Chaos. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany.
An edited book
Motizuki, K. 2010. Electronic Structure and Magnetism of 3d-Transition Metal Pnictides (H. Ido, T. Itoh, and M. Morifuji, editors). Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Biasotti, S., D. Attali, J.-D. Boissonnat, H. Edelsbrunner, G. Elber, et al. 2008. Skeletal Structures. In: Floriani, L.D. and Spagnuolo, M., editors, Shape Analysis and Structuring. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. p. 145–183

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
Carpineti, A. 2017. New Hypothesis Shows How Supermassive Black Holes Formed. 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. 1999. Airline Deregulation: Changes in Airfares and Service at Buffalo, New York. 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
DeClerk, C.C. 2008. The relationship between retail store manager leadership styles and employee generational cohort, performance, and satisfaction.

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
Koblin, J. 2017. ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ To Resume Taping. New York Times: C3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gottfried, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Gottfried, 2002; Müller and Sheen, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Müller and Sheen, 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Feng et al., 2014)

About the journal

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

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