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
Szostak, J.W., 2003. Functional information: Molecular messages. Nature 423, 689.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ionescu, A.M., Riel, H., 2011. Tunnel field-effect transistors as energy-efficient electronic switches. Nature 479, 329–337.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lin, D.Y.-W., Huang, S., Chen, J., 2015. Crystal structures of a polypeptide processing and secretion transporter. Nature 523, 425–430.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Lorenz, R.D., Stiles, B.W., Kirk, R.L., Allison, M.D., Del Marmo, P.P., Iess, L., Lunine, J.I., Ostro, S.J., Hensley, S., 2008. Titan’s rotation reveals an internal ocean and changing zonal winds. Science 319, 1649–1651.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ibe, O.C., 2011. Fundamentals of Stochastic Networks. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Jackson, T.L. (Ed.), 2012. Modeling Tumor Vasculature: Molecular, Cellular, and Tissue Level Aspects and Implications. Springer, New York, NY.
A chapter in an edited book
Avasare, P., Ykman-Couvreur, C., Vanmeerbeeck, G., Mariani, G., Palermo, G., Silvano, C., Zaccaria, V., 2011. Design Space Exploration Supporting Run-Time Resource Management, in: Silvano, C., Fornaciari, W., Villar, E. (Eds.), Multi-Objective Design Space Exploration of Multiprocessor SoC Architectures: The MULTICUBE Approach. Springer, New York, NY, pp. 93–107.

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, D., 2016. Freaks And Uniques: Evolution’s Weirdest Creatures [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, 1984. Reasons for Lack of Replacement for Failed Weather Satellite (No. RCED-84-198). 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
Yoon, T., 2008. Object Recognition Based on Multi-Agent Spatial Reasoning (Doctoral dissertation). Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

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
Nordland, R., 2017. 3 G.I.s Killed When Afghan Opens Fire. New York Times A4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Szostak, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Ionescu and Riel, 2011; Szostak, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Ionescu and Riel, 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Lorenz et al., 2008)

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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