How to format your references using the Acta Analytica citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Acta Analytica. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Heaven, M. C. (2013). Chemistry. Turn the molecule this way for a faster reaction. Science (New York, N.Y.), 342(6154), 46–47.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lancaster, M. A., & Knoblich, J. A. (2014). Organogenesis in a dish: modeling development and disease using organoid technologies. Science (New York, N.Y.), 345(6194), 1247125.
A journal article with 3 authors
Soares, L., Parisi, M., & Bonini, N. M. (2014). Axon injury and regeneration in the adult Drosophila. Scientific reports, 4, 6199.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Schwender, J., Goffman, F., Ohlrogge, J. B., & Shachar-Hill, Y. (2004). Rubisco without the Calvin cycle improves the carbon efficiency of developing green seeds. Nature, 432(7018), 779–782.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Selyanin, M. A., Boykov, P. Y., Khabarov, V. N., & Polyak, F. (2015). Hyaluronic Acid. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Rossi, G., Vega, T., & Bonaccorso, B. (Eds.). (2007). Methods and Tools for Drought Analysis and Management (Vol. 62). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Moraga, C. (2007). Design of Neural Networks. In B. Apolloni, R. J. Howlett, & L. Jain (Eds.), Knowledge-Based Intelligent Information and Engineering Systems: 11th International Conference, KES 2007, XVII Italian Workshop on Neural Networks, Vietri sul Mare, Italy, September 12-14, 2007. Proceedings, Part I (pp. 26–33). Berlin, Heidelberg: 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 Acta Analytica.

Blog post
Carpineti, A. (2017, February 6). More Hints From CERN On Why The Universe Is Made Of Matter. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 2018


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. (1990). Pell Grants: How the Department of Education Estimates Program Costs (No. HRD-90-73BR). 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
Ramos, E. (2013). Emergency department utilization among Medicare enrollees: A project report (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
Brantley, B. (2017, April 4). Living the Quirky Dream. New York Times, p. C1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Heaven 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Heaven 2013; Lancaster and Knoblich 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Lancaster and Knoblich 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Schwender et al. 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleActa Analytica
AbbreviationActa Anal.
ISSN (print)0353-5150
ISSN (online)1874-6349

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