How to format your references using the Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics (J Agric Environ Ethics). 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
Minsky, M. (2000). Time for an aspirin. Nature, 403(6770), 592.
A journal article with 2 authors
Dove, C. J., & Straker, L. C. (2012). Comment on “A diverse assemblage of Late Cretaceous dinosaur and bird feathers from Canadian amber.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 335(6070), 796; author reply 796.
A journal article with 3 authors
Corezzi, S., Fioretto, D., & Rolla, P. (2002). Bond-controlled configurational entropy reduction in chemical vitrification. Nature, 420(6916), 653–656.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Peplowski, P. N., Evans, L. G., Hauck, S. A., 2nd, McCoy, T. J., Boynton, W. V., Gillis-Davis, J. J., et al. (2011). Radioactive elements on Mercury’s surface from MESSENGER: implications for the planet’s formation and evolution. Science (New York, N.Y.), 333(6051), 1850–1852.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Spatschek, K.-H. (2011). High Temperature Plasmas. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Heng, S.-H., & Kurosawa, K. (Eds.). (2010). Provable Security: 4th International Conference, ProvSec 2010, Malacca, Malaysia, October 13-15, 2010. Proceedings (Vol. 6402). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Henkel, M., & Pleimling, M. (2010). Local Scale-invariance II: z =/ 2. In M. Pleimling (Ed.), Non-Equilibrium Phase Transitions: Volume 2: Ageing and Dynamical Scaling Far from Equilibrium (pp. 291–336). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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 Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics.

Blog post
Hamilton, K. (2016, July 12). By Jupiter, What We Know Of The Gas Giant So Far. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 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. (1991). Transportation Infrastructure: Department of Transportation Highway and Mass Transit Program Reauthorization Proposals (No. T-RCED-91-26). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Nistal França, F. J. (2017). Nondestructive Evaluation of Southern Pine Lumber (Doctoral dissertation). Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS.

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
Bennhold, K., & de la MERCED, M. J. (2017, October 3). Uber Leader, in Visit to London, Appeals to Regain Operating License. New York Times, p. B6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Savage 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Broz 2015; Mank 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Dove and Straker 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Schramke et al. 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics
AbbreviationJ. Agric. Environ. Ethics
ISSN (print)1187-7863
ISSN (online)1573-322X
ScopeAgricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
General Environmental Science
Environmental Chemistry

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