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
Lévy-Leblond, J.M. 2001. Science’s fiction. Nature 413(6856): 573.
A journal article with 2 authors
Genet, C., and T.W. Ebbesen. 2007. Light in tiny holes. Nature 445(7123): 39–46.
A journal article with 3 authors
Richland, L.E., O. Zur, and K.J. Holyoak. 2007. Mathematics. Cognitive supports for analogies in the mathematics classroom. Science 316(5828): 1128–1129.
A journal article with 6 or more authors
Ali, M.M.U., S.M. Roe, C.K. Vaughan, P. Meyer, B. Panaretou, et al. 2006. Crystal structure of an Hsp90-nucleotide-p23/Sba1 closed chaperone complex. Nature 440(7087): 1013–1017.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Waye, J.D., J. Aisenberg, and P.H. Rubin. 2013. Practical Colonoscopy. Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK.
An edited book
Noureldin, A. 2013. Fundamentals of Inertial Navigation, Satellite-based Positioning and their Integration (T.B. Karamat and J. Georgy, editors). Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Hendler, J., and A.M. Mulvehill. 2016. The Limits of Humans. In: Mulvehill, A.M., editor, Social Machines: The Coming Collision of Artificial Intelligence, Social Networking, and Humanity. Apress, Berkeley, CA. p. 58–71

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
Andrews, R. 2016. Every Single Polar Bear Population In The Arctic Faces Unprecedented Habitat Loss. 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. 2011. Commercial Spectrum: Plans and Actions to Meet Future Needs, Including Continued Use of Auctions. 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
Weaver, P.Q. 2008. Relationships between leadership practices of founders and successors and economic performance of select family businesses.

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
Markoff, J. 2016. Exploring the Sea, No Sailors Needed. New York Times: B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lévy-Leblond, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Lévy-Leblond, 2001; Genet and Ebbesen, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Genet and Ebbesen, 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Ali et al., 2006)

About the journal

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

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