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
Clayton, J. (2010). Chagas disease: pushing through the pipeline. Nature, 465(7301), S12-5.
A journal article with 2 authors
Owen-Hughes, T., & Bruno, M. (2004). Molecular biology. Breaking the silence. Science (New York, N.Y.), 303(5656), 324–325.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wang, J., Hannon, G. J., & Beach, D. H. (2000). Risky immortalization by telomerase. Nature, 405(6788), 755–756.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Vemula, P. K., Kohler, J. E., Blass, A., Williams, M., Xu, C., Chen, L., et al. (2014). Self-assembled hydrogel fibers for sensing the multi-compartment intracellular milieu. Scientific reports, 4, 4466.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Eynon, J. (2013). The Design Manager’s Handbook. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Gollmann, D., Meier, J., & Sabelfeld, A. (Eds.). (2006). Computer Security – ESORICS 2006: 11th European Symposium on Research in Computer Security, Hamburg, Germany, September 18-20, 2006. Proceedings (Vol. 4189). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Boulton, A. M., & Amberman, K. D. (2006). How ant nests increase soil biota richness and abundance: a field experiment. In D. L. Hawksworth & A. T. Bull (Eds.), Arthropod Diversity and Conservation (pp. 55–68). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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
Taub, B. (2016, October 25). Hunters Of South Africa’s “Canned Lions” Can No Longer Bring Their Trophies Into The US. 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. (1984). [Comments on Proposed MOU To Govern GAO Disclosure of FCC Documents] (No. B-199765). 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
Watson, C. A. (2014). A cultural confluence: Approaches to embedding cultural insights and inclusion throughout the marketing process (Doctoral dissertation). Pepperdine University, Malibu, 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
Sisario, B. (2017, May 9). After 15 Years, New York Is Back as Grammy Host. New York Times, p. B2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Clayton 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Clayton 2010; Owen-Hughes and Bruno 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Owen-Hughes and Bruno 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Vemula et al. 2014)

About the journal

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

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