How to format your references using the Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Archives of Agronomy and Soil 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.
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
Watzman H. 2003. German researchers set to receive Israeli stem-cell shipment. Nature. 421:199.
A journal article with 2 authors
Larsen PL, Clarke CF. 2002. Extension of life-span in Caenorhabditis elegans by a diet lacking coenzyme Q. Science. 295:120–123.
A journal article with 3 authors
Pierce JL, Meyer GA, Jull AJT. 2004. Fire-induced erosion and millennial-scale climate change in northern ponderosa pine forests. Nature. 432:87–90.
A journal article with 12 or more authors
Pagola S, Stephens PW, Bohle DS, Kosar AD, Madsen SK. 2000. The structure of malaria pigment beta-haematin. Nature. 404:307–310.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Carvalho MC. 2016. Practical Laboratory Automation. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Aboh EO, Essegbey J, editors. 2010. Topics in Kwa Syntax. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Rose S, van der Laan MJ. 2011. Understanding TMLE. In: Rose S, editor. Targeted Learning: Causal Inference for Observational and Experimental Data. New York, NY: Springer; p. 83–100.

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 Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science.

Blog post
Fang J. 2015. Ceres’ Mystery Spots Are Even Stranger Than We Thought. IFLScience [Internet]. [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from: https://www.iflscience.com/space/ceres-two-mystery-spots-are-not-same/

Reports

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. 1992. Toward the Moon, Asteroids, and Mars. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Seegmiller Renner A. 2017. Empathy Development Through Role Modeling: A Qualitative Study of Instructor Experiences [Doctoral dissertation]. Minneapolis, MN: Capella University.

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
Dorman JL. 2017. How the Writer Cathy Salustri Found ‘Old Flordia.’ New York Times.:TR2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Watzman 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Larsen & Clarke 2002; Watzman 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Larsen & Clarke 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Pagola et al. 2000)

About the journal

Full journal titleArchives of Agronomy and Soil Science
AbbreviationArch. Acker Pflanzenbau Bodenkd.
ISSN (print)0365-0340
ISSN (online)1476-3567
ScopeAgronomy and Crop Science
Soil Science

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