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
Wang J (2015) Comment on “Crystal structures of translocator protein (TSPO) and mutant mimic of a human polymorphism.” Science 350:519
A journal article with 2 authors
Premkumar LS, Ahern GP (2000) Induction of vanilloid receptor channel activity by protein kinase C. Nature 408:985–990
A journal article with 3 authors
Arnqvist G, Jones TM, Elgar MA (2003) Insect behaviour: reversal of sex roles in nuptial feeding. Nature 424:387
A journal article with 5 or more authors
van Dam JA, Nazarov YV, Bakkers EPAM, et al (2006) Supercurrent reversal in quantum dots. Nature 442:667–670

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Manasreh O (2011) Introduction to Nanomaterials and Devices. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Vos PD, Garrity GM, Jones D, et al (eds) (2009) Bergey’s Manual® of Systematic Bacteriology: Volume Three The Firmicutes, Second Edition. Springer, New York, NY
A chapter in an edited book
Chou CL, Bell J, Chou CM, Chang A (2014) Remediation of Interpersonal and Communication Skills. In: Kalet A, Chou CL (eds) Remediation in Medical Education: A Mid-Course Correction. Springer, New York, NY, pp 55–66

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
Luntz S (2015) Amazing Bridges Built For Animals. 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 (2016) Highlights of a Forum: Data and Analytics Innovation: Emerging Opportunities and Challenges. 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
Adaligil E (2010) Electron transfer through self-assembled monolayers of alkaneselenols and alkanethiols on mercury electrode. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Rothenberg I by B (2016) Life on Tour With a Little One in Tow. New York Times B10

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wang 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Premkumar and Ahern 2000; Wang 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Premkumar and Ahern 2000)
  • Three or more authors: (van Dam et al. 2006)

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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