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
Fukami, T., 2013. IBI* series winner. Integrating inquiry-based teaching with faculty research. Science 339, 1536–1537.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bermingham, E., Dick, C., 2001. Ecology and evolution. The Inga--newcomer or museum antiquity? Science 293, 2214–2216.
A journal article with 3 authors
Muchnik, L., Aral, S., Taylor, S.J., 2013. Social influence bias: a randomized experiment. Science 341, 647–651.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Craig, N.J., Taylor, J.M., Lester, E.A., Marcus, C.M., Hanson, M.P., Gossard, A.C., 2004. Tunable nonlocal spin control in a coupled-quantum dot system. Science 304, 565–567.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Steele, D., 2011. From Therapist to Coach. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Vinh, P.C., Hung, N.M., Tung, N.T., Suzuki, J. (Eds.), 2013. Context-Aware Systems and Applications: First International Conference, ICCASA 2012, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, November 26-27, 2012, Revised Selected Papers, Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Herrera, F., Ventura, S., Bello, R., Cornelis, C., Zafra, A., Sánchez-Tarragó, D., Vluymans, S., 2016. Bag-Based Classification Methods, in: Ventura, S., Bello, R., Cornelis, C., Zafra, A., Sánchez-Tarragó, D., Vluymans, S. (Eds.), Multiple Instance Learning: Foundations and Algorithms. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 99–126.

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. Global Count Shows Tree Numbers Have Halved Since Dawn Of Human Civilisation [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, 1997. Environmental Cleanup Costs: NASA Is Making Progress in Identifying Contamination, but More Effort Is Needed (No. NSIAD-97-98). 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
Alexander, R.T., 2017. Can the analytical hierarchy process model be effectively applied in the prioritization of information assurance defense in-depth measures? - a quantitative study (Doctoral dissertation). Capella University, Minneapolis, MN.

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
Kenigsberg, B., 2016. Razor Images. Bewildered Eyes. New York Times AR14.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Fukami, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Bermingham and Dick, 2001; Fukami, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Bermingham and Dick, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Craig et al., 2004)

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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