How to format your references using the European Journal of Agronomy citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for European Journal of Agronomy. 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
Gibson, J.M., 2009. Materials science. Viewing the seeds of crystallization. Science 326, 942–943.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hartland, G.V., Lo, S.S., 2013. Physics. Spectroscopy beyond the single-particle limit. Science 341, 36–37.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lee, S., Bluemle, M.J., Bates, F.S., 2010. Discovery of a Frank-Kasper sigma phase in sphere-forming block copolymer melts. Science 330, 349–353.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Wang, S., Tu, J., Jia, Z., Lu, Z., 2014. High order intra-strand partial symmetry increases with organismal complexity in animal evolution. Sci. Rep. 4, 6400.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hey, E., 2011. Neonatal Formulary 6. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK.
An edited book
McMaster, T., Wastell, D., Ferneley, E., DeGross, J.I. (Eds.), 2007. Organizational Dynamics of Technology-Based Innovation: Diversifying the Research Agenda: IFIP TC 8 WG 8.6 International Working Conference, June 14–16, Manchester, UK, IFIP International Federation for Information Processing. Springer US, Boston, MA.
A chapter in an edited book
Lyubchyk, L.M., Grinberg, G.L., 2014. Preference Function Reconstruction for Multiple Criteria Decision Making Based on Machine Learning Approach, in: Zadeh, L.A., Abbasov, A.M., Yager, R.R., Shahbazova, S.N., Reformat, M.Z. (Eds.), Recent Developments and New Directions in Soft Computing, Studies in Fuzziness and Soft Computing. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 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 European Journal of Agronomy.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2014. What Are The Odds Of You Becoming Exactly You? [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1989. Serious Problems Continue to Trouble the Air Traffic Control Work Force (No. T-RCED-89-44). 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
Narayanan, B.C., 2008. Structure function diversity within the phosphoenolpyruvate mutase/isocitrate lyase superfamily as revealed by the enzymes oxaloacetate decarboxylase and 2,3-dimethylmalate lyase (Doctoral dissertation). University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD.

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
Rothenberg, B., 2017. As Players Pull Out, Criticism Floods In. New York Times B8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gibson, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Gibson, 2009; Hartland and Lo, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Hartland and Lo, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Wang et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleEuropean Journal of Agronomy
AbbreviationEur. J. Agron.
ISSN (print)1161-0301
ScopeAgronomy and Crop Science
Plant Science
Soil Science

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