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
Powell, K., 2005. Make your point. Nature 434, 416–417.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wardil, L., Hauert, C., 2014. Origin and structure of dynamic cooperative networks. Sci. Rep. 4, 5725.
A journal article with 3 authors
Millonig, J.H., Millen, K.J., Hatten, M.E., 2000. The mouse Dreher gene Lmx1a controls formation of the roof plate in the vertebrate CNS. Nature 403, 764–769.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Lunov, O., Zablotskii, V., Churpita, O., Chánová, E., Syková, E., Dejneka, A., Kubinová, S., 2014. Cell death induced by ozone and various non-thermal plasmas: therapeutic perspectives and limitations. Sci. Rep. 4, 7129.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gardi, F., Benoist, T., Darlay, J., Estellon, B., Megel, R., 2014. Mathematical Programming Solver Based on Local Search. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Glinz, M., Heymans, P. (Eds.), 2009. Requirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality: 15th International Working Conference, REFSQ 2009 Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 8-9, 2009 Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Schumacher, N., Mook, S.-C., Shimanovich, I., Zillikens, D., Schmidt, E., 2015. Life-Threatening Pemphigus Vulgaris, in: Murrell, D.F. (Ed.), Clinical Cases in Autoimmune Blistering Diseases. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 35–43.

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., 2015. First Video Of Genet Spotted Riding A Black Rhino [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. ADP Planning: SSA’s February 1989 Report on Computer Modernization Is Incomplete (No. IMTEC-89-76). 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
Shen, H., 2009. Organization -employee relationships model: A two -sided story (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
St. John Kelly, E., 1998. Body Coddling a la Mode. New York Times 149.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Powell, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Powell, 2005; Wardil and Hauert, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Wardil and Hauert, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Lunov 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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