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
Gibney, E., 2014. How to tame the flood of literature. Nature 513, 129–130.
A journal article with 2 authors
Zwiers, F.W., Weaver, A.J., 2000. CLIMATE CHANGE: The Causes of 20th Century Warming. Science 290, 2081–2083.
A journal article with 3 authors
Simon, P., Gogotsi, Y., Dunn, B., 2014. Materials science. Where do batteries end and supercapacitors begin? Science 343, 1210–1211.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
D’Costa, V.M., McGrann, K.M., Hughes, D.W., Wright, G.D., 2006. Sampling the antibiotic resistome. Science 311, 374–377.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Reid, G., 2011. Dyslexia. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Dubucs, J., Bourdeau, M. (Eds.), 2014. Constructivity and Computability in Historical and Philosophical Perspective, Logic, Epistemology, and the Unity of Science. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
DeHaven, W.I., Conner, D.P., 2014. The Effects of Food on Drug Bioavailability and Bioequivalence, in: Yu, L.X., Li, B.V. (Eds.), FDA Bioequivalence Standards, AAPS Advances in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Series. Springer, New York, NY, pp. 95–118.

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
Fang, J., 2015. New Species Of Catfish Named “Greedo” After Star Wars Bounty Hunter [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, 1988. Pell Grants: Who Receives Them and What Would Larger Grants Cost? (No. HRD-88-106BR). 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
Berkowitz, A.E., 2015. Finding a Place for “Cacega Ayuwipi” within the Structure of American Indian Music and Dance Traditions (Doctoral dissertation). Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL.

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
Liogier, R., 2017. France’s neither-nor election. New York Times 0.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gibney, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Gibney, 2014; Zwiers and Weaver, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Zwiers and Weaver, 2000)
  • Three or more authors: (D’Costa et al., 2006)

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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