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Crop & Soil Sciences

Helpful Links for Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) Citations

Much of the research within the agricultural sciences utilizes the SSSA citation style. 

Helpful Resources

In-Text Citations

In Text Citations 

In-text citations are citations that occur within the body of your paper.  SSSA utilize the author-year notation system. Below are some examples.

 

Single author:

There has been at least 532 volcanic eruptions in recorded history (Ramos, 2015).

Ramos (2015) found 532 volcanic eruptions in recorded history.

 

Two authors:

There has been at least 532 volcanic eruptions in recorded history (Ramos and Wilson, 2015).

Ramos and Wilson (2015) found 532 volcanic eruptions in recorded history.

 

More than two authors 

There has been at least 532 volcanic eruptions in recorded history (Ramos et al., 2015).

Ramos et al. (2015) found 532 volcanic eruptions in recorded history.

 

More than two studies cited

There has been at least 532 volcanic eruptions in recorded history (Ramos and Wilson, 2015; Martinez, 2019).

Ramos and Wilson (2015) and Martinez (2019) both found 532 volcanic eruptions in recorded history.

 

If citing a specific page instead instead of an entire chapter or article

There has been at least 532 volcanic eruptions in recorded history (Ramos, 2015, p. 42).

Ramos (2015, p. 42) found 532 volcanic eruptions in recorded history.

 

Reference List

The reference list (or reference section) of your paper contains a list of all of the resources that you cited. Here's some things to keep in mind when creating an SSSA reference list:

  • Arrange the list alphabetically by the last name of authors.
    • In the reference list itself, give the names of all authors. Optionally, if the paper has more than six authors, the rest may be abbreviated to 'et al.'
  • Two or more articles by the same author (or authors) are listed chronologically.

 

Example of a reference list utilizing various types of resources:

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*Image taken from the SSSA Journal Submission Guide

 

Example of journal article citation

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Example of book citation

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Example of edited book citation

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