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
Wickware, P. 2000. Progress from a fragile start. Nature 403(6768): 466.
A journal article with 2 authors
Chan, Y.-H.M., and W.F. Marshall. 2012. How cells know the size of their organelles. Science 337(6099): 1186–1189.
A journal article with 3 authors
Paraschiv-Ionescu, A., E. Buchser, and K. Aminian. 2013. Unraveling dynamics of human physical activity patterns in chronic pain conditions. Sci. Rep. 3: 2019.
A journal article with 6 or more authors
Clare, D.K., P.J. Bakkes, H. van Heerikhuizen, S.M. van der Vies, and H.R. Saibil. 2009. Chaperonin complex with a newly folded protein encapsulated in the folding chamber. Nature 457(7225): 107–110.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Saliba, A.J., J.C. Corona, and K.E. Johnson. 2010. Option Spread Strategies. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Cockburn, J., and M.E. Pawson, editors. 2007. Psychological Challenges in Obstetrics and Gynecology: The Clinical Management. Springer, London.
A chapter in an edited book
Sinha, R., and S.K. Tandon. 2014. Indus-Ganga-Brahmaputra Plains: The Alluvial Landscape. In: Kale, V.S., editor, Landscapes and Landforms of India. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht. p. 53–63

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. 2015. Here’s How We Can Save The Car – And The Planet At The Same Time. IFLScience.


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. Critical Infrastructure Protection: Comprehensive Strategy Can Draw on Year 2000 Experiences. 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
Horwitz, M.H. 2017. Morphodynamics and Sediment Transport Pathways of the John’s Pass-Blind Pass Dual Inlet System: Pinellas County, 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
Craig, S. 2015. Despite Risks, Cuomo Bets on Solar Power to Lift Buffalo. New York Times: A15.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wickware, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Wickware, 2000; Chan and Marshall, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Chan and Marshall, 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Clare et al., 2009)

About the journal

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

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