How to format your references using the Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Pearson H (2001) China caught out as model shows net fall in fish. Nature 414:477
A journal article with 2 authors
Webby RJ, Webster RG (2003) Are we ready for pandemic influenza? Science 302:1519–1522
A journal article with 3 authors
Peiris JSM, Poon LLM, Guan Y (2012) Public health. Surveillance of animal influenza for pandemic preparedness. Science 335:1173–1174
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Schön JH, Kloc C, Hwang HY, Batlogg B (2001) Josephson junctions with tunable weak links. Science 292:252–254

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Tsai CS (2006) Biomacromolecules. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Gornitz V (ed) (2009) Encyclopedia of Paleoclimatology and Ancient Environments. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
A chapter in an edited book
Huang Y, Dai Z, Zhang W (2014) Validation of the SPH Models. In: Dai Z, Zhang W (eds) Geo-disaster Modeling and Analysis: An SPH-based Approach. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 71–114

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 Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution.

Blog post
Hale T (2016) This 10-Year-Old Kid’s Math Homework Is Baffling The Internet. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 2018


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 (2007) Aviation Security: TSA’s Staffing Allocation Model Is Useful for Allocating Staff among Airports, but Its Assumptions Should Be Systematically Reassessed. 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
Spruill EL (2008) A correlational analysis relating organizational climate to employee performance: A case study. Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix

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
Williams J (2017) Podcast Therapy. New York Times BR4

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Pearson 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Pearson 2001; Webby and Webster 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Webby and Webster 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Schön et al. 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleGenetic Resources and Crop Evolution
AbbreviationGenet. Resour. Crop Evol.
ISSN (print)0925-9864
ISSN (online)1573-5109
ScopeAgronomy and Crop Science
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
Plant Science

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