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
Schrag, D.P., 2000. Of ice and elephants. Nature 404, 23–24.
A journal article with 2 authors
Machlis, G.E., McNutt, M.K., 2010. Disasters. Scenario-building for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Science 329, 1018–1019.
A journal article with 3 authors
Holt, L.J., Krutchinsky, A.N., Morgan, D.O., 2008. Positive feedback sharpens the anaphase switch. Nature 454, 353–357.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Liu, F., Sun, F., Xia, J.H., Li, J., Fu, G.H., Lin, G., Tu, R.J., Wan, Z.Y., Quek, D., Yue, G.H., 2014. A genome scan revealed significant associations of growth traits with a major QTL and GHR2 in tilapia. Sci. Rep. 4, 7256.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Carroll, N., 2013. Minerva’s Night Out. A John Wiley & Sons, Oxford.
An edited book
Flaschel, P., 2008. Topics in Applied Macrodynamic Theory, Dynamic Modeling and Econometrics in Economics and Finance. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Meijer, H.J.M., Essers, M., Struikmans, H., Venselaar, J.L.M., Poortmans, P., 2016. Contributions and Risks of Radiation Therapy in Managing Cancer During Pregnancy, in: Azim, H.A., Jr (Ed.), Managing Cancer during Pregnancy. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 41–54.

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
Taub, B., 2017. Worms Go Through A Rebellious Teenage Phase Too [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, 1980. Overview of the Adult Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program and Its Operation in California (No. 112127). 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
Lucky-Medford, L., 2010. A gendered approach to synaesthesia using the poetry of John Keats and Emily Dickinson (Doctoral dissertation). Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL.

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
Rothenberg, B., 2017. The Matches at Indian Wells Come With a Generous Serving of Opulence. New York Times SP6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Schrag, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Machlis and McNutt, 2010; Schrag, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Machlis and McNutt, 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Liu et al., 2014)

About the journal

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

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