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
Carlsson, A., 2001. A paradigm shift in brain research. Science 294, 1021–1024.
A journal article with 2 authors
Meselson, M., Mark Welch, D., 2007. Evolution. Stable heterozygosity? Science 318, 202–203.
A journal article with 3 authors
Collins, P.G., Arnold, M.S., Avouris, P., 2001. Engineering carbon nanotubes and nanotube circuits using electrical breakdown. Science 292, 706–709.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Hood, L., Heath, J.R., Phelps, M.E., Lin, B., 2004. Systems biology and new technologies enable predictive and preventative medicine. Science 306, 640–643.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gustafsson, F., 2001. Adaptive Filtering and Change Detection. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Dunlap, B.J. (Ed.), 2015. Proceedings of the 1990 Academy of Marketing Science (AMS) Annual Conference, Developments in Marketing Science: Proceedings of the Academy of Marketing Science. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Tsai, F.S., Chen, Y., Chan, K.L., 2007. Probabilistic Techniques for Corporate Blog Mining, in: Washio, T., Zhou, Z.-H., Huang, J.Z., Hu, X., Li, J., Xie, C., He, J., Zou, D., Li, K.-C., Freire, M.M. (Eds.), Emerging Technologies in Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining: PAKDD 2007 International Workshops Nanjing, China, May 22-25, 2007 Revised Selected Papers, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 35–44.

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
Andrew, E., 2015. Even Educated Fleas Do It … But Is Animal Sex Spicier Than We Thought? [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, 1986. Telephone Communications: The FCC’s Monitoring of Residential Telephone Service (No. RCED-86-146). 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
Williams Soberanes, C., 2012. Experiences of Mexican Immigrant Women Living in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Shpigel, B., 2016. Jets Look to Restore a Lost Connection. New York Times SP2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Carlsson, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Carlsson, 2001; Meselson and Mark Welch, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Meselson and Mark Welch, 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Hood et al., 2004)

About the journal

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

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