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
Storb, R. (2012). Edward Donnall Thomas (1920-2012). Nature, 491(7424), 334.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ausländer, S., & Fussenegger, M. (2014). Synthetic biology. Dynamic genome engineering in living cells. Science (New York, N.Y.), 346(6211), 813–814.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hautier, Y., Niklaus, P. A., & Hector, A. (2009). Competition for light causes plant biodiversity loss after eutrophication. Science (New York, N.Y.), 324(5927), 636–638.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Blanche, P.-A., Bablumian, A., Voorakaranam, R., Christenson, C., Lin, W., Gu, T., et al. (2010). Holographic three-dimensional telepresence using large-area photorefractive polymer. Nature, 468(7320), 80–83.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Young, S., & Bramham, J. (2012). Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for ADHD in Adolescents and Adults. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Dabbagh, N. (2016). Learning Technologies and Globalization: Pedagogical Frameworks and Applications. (A. D. Benson, A. Denham, R. Joseph, M. Al-Freih, G. Zgheib, H. Fake, & Z. Guo, Eds.) (1st ed. 2016.). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Martin, J.-L. (2011). Shrimp Aquaculture: From Extensive to Intensive Rearing, the Relationship with the Environment and The Key to Sustainability. In H.-J. Ceccaldi, I. Dekeyser, M. Girault, & G. Stora (Eds.), Global Change: Mankind-Marine Environment Interactions: Proceedings of the 13th French-Japanese Oceanography Symposium (pp. 25–30). 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
Andrew, E. (2014, July 22). New Study Says Beef 10x More Damaging To The Environment Than Chicken, Pork Or Dairy Foods. 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. (2001). Tax Systems Modernization: Results of Review of IRS’ Third Expenditure Plan (No. GAO-01-227). 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
Rakusin, L. L. (2010). Intervening to reduce adolescent substance abuse: A grant proposal (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
Scialabba, G. (2017, July 17). Five Who Shook the World. New York Times, p. BR21.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Storb 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Ausländer and Fussenegger 2014; Storb 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Ausländer and Fussenegger 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Blanche et al. 2010)

About the journal

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

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