How to format your references using the Journal of Cereal Science citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Cereal Science. 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
Macilwain, C., 2000. Critics blast US missile defence system as flawed. Nature 404, 799.
A journal article with 2 authors
Davis, M.B., Shaw, R.G., 2001. Range shifts and adaptive responses to Quaternary climate change. Science 292, 673–679.
A journal article with 3 authors
Cheng, N., Tsunenari, T., Yau, K.-W., 2009. Intrinsic light response of retinal horizontal cells of teleosts. Nature 460, 899–903.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Loppin, B., Bonnefoy, E., Anselme, C., Laurençon, A., Karr, T.L., Couble, P., 2005. The histone H3.3 chaperone HIRA is essential for chromatin assembly in the male pronucleus. Nature 437, 1386–1390.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Woolf, G., 2011. Tales of the Barbarians. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK.
An edited book
Calisesi, Y., Bonnet, R.-M., Gray, L., Langen, J., Lockwood, M. (Eds.), 2007. Solar Variability and Planetary Climates, Space Sciences Series of ISSI. Springer, New York, NY.
A chapter in an edited book
Rountev, A., Sharp, M., Xu, G., 2008. IDE Dataflow Analysis in the Presence of Large Object-Oriented Libraries, in: Hendren, L. (Ed.), Compiler Construction: 17th International Conference, CC 2008, Held as Part of the Joint European Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software, ETAPS 2008, Budapest, Hungary, March 29 - April 6, 2008. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 53–68.

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 Cereal Science.

Blog post
Fang, J., 2014. Engineered Cartilage to Reconstruct Damaged Noses [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1993. Transition From School to Work: States Are Developing New Strategies to Prepare Students for Jobs (No. HRD-93-139). 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
Milillo, M.S., 2009. Analysis of emotional intelligence among management leaders and non-management leaders in software development (Doctoral dissertation). University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ.

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
Wagner, J., 2017. Cubs Send Nationals to Their Latest Early Exit. 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 (Macilwain, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Davis and Shaw, 2001; Macilwain, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Davis and Shaw, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Loppin et al., 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Cereal Science
AbbreviationJ. Cereal Sci.
ISSN (print)0733-5210
ScopeFood Science

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