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
Dobson CM (2002) Getting out of shape. Nature 418:729–730
A journal article with 2 authors
Banfield JF, Young M (2009) Microbiology. Variety--the splice of life--in microbial communities. Science 326:1198–1199
A journal article with 3 authors
Tarduno JA, Cottrell RD, Smirnov AV (2001) High geomagnetic intensity during the mid-Cretaceous from Thellier analyses of single plagioclase crystals. Science 291:1779–1783
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Ishizuka K, Kamiya A, Oh EC, et al (2011) DISC1-dependent switch from progenitor proliferation to migration in the developing cortex. Nature 473:92–96

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Freeman RL (2005) Fundamentals of Telecommunications. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Suit HD (2011) Evolution of Radiation Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Springer US, Boston, MA
A chapter in an edited book
Tomasi D, Gaiotti F, Jones GV (2013) Phenology. In: Gaiotti F, Jones GV (eds) The Power of the Terroir: the Case Study of Prosecco Wine. Springer, Basel, pp 55–64

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
Fang J (2015) Why Do Some Sharks Glow? 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 (2015) GPS: Actions Needed to Address Ground System Development Problems and User Equipment Production Readiness. 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
Liyakath RA (2012) Reconfigurable Antenna and RF Circuits Using Multi-Layer Stretchable Conductors. Doctoral dissertation, University of South Florida

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
Yoo J (2017) Executive Power Run Amok. New York Times A21

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Dobson 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Dobson 2002; Banfield and Young 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Banfield and Young 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Ishizuka et al. 2011)

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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