How to format your references using the Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health. 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
Hurtgen, M. T. (2012). Geochemistry. The marine sulfur cycle, revisited. Science (New York, N.Y.), 337(6092), 305–306.
A journal article with 2 authors
Blake, C., Wall, J. (2002). A velocity dipole in the distribution of radio galaxies. Nature, 416(6877), 150–152.
A journal article with 3 authors
Alexander, J. M., Diez, J. M., Levine, J. M. (2015). Novel competitors shape species’ responses to climate change. Nature, 525(7570), 515–518.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Watson, T. F., Philips, S. G. J., Kawakami, E., Ward, D. R., Scarlino, P., Veldhorst, M., … Vandersypen, L. M. K. (2018). A programmable two-qubit quantum processor in silicon. Nature, 555(7698), 633–637.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Davison, M. (2011). Pharmaceutical Anti-Counterfeiting. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Tsakanov, V., Wiedemann, H. (Eds.). (2007). Brilliant Light in Life and Material Sciences. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Winter, S. S., Taube, J. S. (2014). Head Direction Cells: From Generation to Integration. In D. Derdikman & J. J. Knierim (Eds.), Space,Time and Memory in the Hippocampal Formation (pp. 83–106). Vienna: Springer.

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 Safety and Health.

Blog post
Luntz, S. (2015, September 7). Scientists Have “Squeezed” Light. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (2000). Schools and Libraries Program: Application and Invoice Review Procedures Need Strengthening (No. GAO-01-105). 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
Tang, J. (2013). Understanding the college experiences of Cambodian American students (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Walsh, M. W. (2011, May 5). Claiming Fraud in A.I.G. Bailout, Whistle-Blower Lawsuit Names 3 Companies. 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 (Hurtgen, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Blake and Wall, 2002; Hurtgen, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Blake and Wall, 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Watson et al., 2018)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Agricultural Safety and Health
AbbreviationJ. Agric. Saf. Health
ISSN (print)1074-7583
ISSN (online)1943-7846
ScopeGeneral Agricultural and Biological Sciences
Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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