How to format your references using the Annals of Agrarian Science citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Annals of Agrarian Science. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
R. Motani, Scaling effects in caudal fin propulsion and the speed of ichthyosaurs, Nature. 415 (2002) 309–312.
A journal article with 2 authors
P. Kristensen, T. Bjerkedal, Explaining the relation between birth order and intelligence, Science. 316 (2007) 1717.
A journal article with 3 authors
Q.-S. Liu, L. Pu, M.-M. Poo, Repeated cocaine exposure in vivo facilitates LTP induction in midbrain dopamine neurons, Nature. 437 (2005) 1027–1031.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
C.-L. Zhang, Y. Zou, W. He, F.H. Gage, R.M. Evans, A role for adult TLX-positive neural stem cells in learning and behaviour, Nature. 451 (2008) 1004–1007.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J.G. Speight, Handbook of Petroleum Product Analysis, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ, 2014.
An edited book
Z. Yi, E.M. Crimmins, Y. Carrière, J.-M. Robine, eds., Longer Life and Healthy Aging, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2006.
A chapter in an edited book
C. Jon, Polysomnography in Children, in: K.D. Pereira, R.B. Mitchell (Eds.), Pediatric Otolaryngology for the Clinician, Humana Press, Totowa, NJ, 2009: pp. 35–47.

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 Annals of Agrarian Science.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Investigators Announce The Cause Of Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crash, IFLScience. (2015). (accessed October 30, 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, Management Controls Over Use of ADP For Scientific Applications, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1970.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
T.H. Cuthbertson, The fool’s replies: Toward a poetics of folly in Shakespeare’s comedies, Doctoral dissertation, Indiana University, 2014.

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
B. Sisario, On Adele’s Big Night, She Lauds Beyoncé, New York Times. (2017) C1.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleAnnals of Agrarian Science
AbbreviationAnn. Agrar. Sci.
ISSN (print)1512-1887

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