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
O’Rahilly, S., 2009. Human genetics illuminates the paths to metabolic disease. Nature 462, 307–314.
A journal article with 2 authors
Gompel, N., Carroll, S.B., 2003. Genetic mechanisms and constraints governing the evolution of correlated traits in drosophilid flies. Nature 424, 931–935.
A journal article with 3 authors
Roche, D., Paillard, D., Cortijo, E., 2004. Constraints on the duration and freshwater release of Heinrich event 4 through isotope modelling. Nature 432, 379–382.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Manzanares, M., Wada, H., Itasaki, N., Trainor, P.A., Krumlauf, R., Holland, P.W., 2000. Conservation and elaboration of Hox gene regulation during evolution of the vertebrate head. Nature 408, 854–857.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
McGeough, J.A., 2013. The Engineering of Human Joint Replacements. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Klusch, M., Rovatsos, M., Payne, T.R. (Eds.), 2006. Cooperative Information Agents X: 10th International Workshop, CIA 2006 Edinburgh, UK, September 11-13, 2006 Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Foddy, M., Dawes, R., 2008. Group-Based Trust in Social Dilemmas, in: Biel, A., Eek, D., Gärling, T., Gustafsson, M. (Eds.), New Issues and Paradigms in Research on Social Dilemmas. Springer US, Boston, MA, pp. 57–71.

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 European Journal of Agronomy.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2014. American Public Can Now Nominate New National Marine Sanctuaries [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, 1973. Coordination of Computerized Information Systems Reporting on Active Research Efforts (No. B-115398). 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
Courtney, S.J., 2015. A Sea of Voices: An Alchemical Journey Through Dissociation (Doctoral dissertation). Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA.

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
Pilon, M., 2014. Wozniacki Is Lining Up for New York Marathon. New York Times B13.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (O’Rahilly, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Gompel and Carroll, 2003; O’Rahilly, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Gompel and Carroll, 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Manzanares et al., 2000)

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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