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
Lui, A. T. Y. (2009). Comment on “Tail reconnection triggering substorm onset.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 324(5933), 1391.
A journal article with 2 authors
Gestwicki, J. E., & Kiessling, L. L. (2002). Inter-receptor communication through arrays of bacterial chemoreceptors. Nature, 415(6867), 81–84.
A journal article with 3 authors
Turk, M. J., Abel, T., & O’Shea, B. (2009). The formation of Population III binaries from cosmological initial conditions. Science (New York, N.Y.), 325(5940), 601–605.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Mora, J. R., Bono, M. R., Manjunath, N., Weninger, W., Cavanagh, L. L., Rosemblatt, M., & Von Andrian, U. H. (2003). Selective imprinting of gut-homing T cells by Peyer’s patch dendritic cells. Nature, 424(6944), 88–93.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wubbolding, R. E. (2017). Reality Therapy and Self-Evaluation. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.
An edited book
Liebenberg, E., & Demhardt, I. J. (Eds.). (2012). History of Cartography: International Symposium of the ICA Commission, 2010. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Andreão, R. V., Boudy, J., Dorizzi, B., Boucher, J.-M., & Graja, S. (2009). Statistical Models Based ECG Classification. In A. Naït-Ali (Ed.), Advanced Biosignal Processing (pp. 71–93). 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
Davis, J. (2015, June 24). Mushroom Used in Chinese Medicine Could Slow Weight Gain, Study Reports. 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. (1998). Year 2000 Computing Crisis: Compliance Status of Many Biomedical Equipment Items Still Unknown (No. AIMD-98-240). 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
Downey, S. S. (2009). Resilient networks and and the historical ecology of Q’eqchi’ Maya swidden agriculture (Doctoral dissertation). University of Arizona, Tucson, 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
Crow, K. (2000, November 12). Using Tall Yellow Globes To Find Elusive Yellow Cabs. New York Times, p. 148.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lui 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Gestwicki and Kiessling 2002; Lui 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Gestwicki and Kiessling 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Mora et al. 2003)

About the journal

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

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