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
Boss, A. P. (2006). Obituary: George W. Wetherill (1925-2006). Nature, 442(7104), 756.
A journal article with 2 authors
McAdams, H. H., & Shapiro, L. (2003). A bacterial cell-cycle regulatory network operating in time and space. Science (New York, N.Y.), 301(5641), 1874–1877.
A journal article with 3 authors
Clutton-Brock, T. H., Coulson, T., & Milner, J. M. (2004). Red deer stocks in the Highlands of Scotland. Nature, 429(6989), 261–262.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Moya, M., Bautista, E. G., Velázquez-González, A., Vázquez-Gutiérrez, F., Tzintzun, G., García-Arreola, M. E., et al. (2013). Potentially-toxic and essential elements profile of AH1N1 patients in Mexico City. Scientific reports, 3, 1284.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Pohl, J. (2011). Building Science. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
An edited book
Bebis, G., Boyle, R., Parvin, B., Koracin, D., Remagnino, P., Nefian, A., et al. (Eds.). (2006). Advances in Visual Computing: Second International Symposium, ISVC 2006 Lake Tahoe, NV, USA, November 6-8, 2006. Proceedings, Part II (Vol. 4292). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Pistrosch, F., Schaper, F., & Hanefeld, M. (2013). The Metabolic Syndrome and Cardiovascular Disease. In H. Beck-Nielsen (Ed.), The Metabolic Syndrome: Pharmacology and Clinical Aspects (pp. 43–54). Vienna: 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
Hamilton, K. (2016, August 12). Why You Shouldn’t Want To Always Be Happy. 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. (1979). Data Base Management Systems--Without Careful Planning There Can Be Problems (No. FGMSD-79-35). 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
Weber, C. (2013). Exercise for older adults with dementia (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
Rich, N. (2012, November 28). Forever and Ever. New York Times, p. MM32.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Boss 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Boss 2006; McAdams and Shapiro 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (McAdams and Shapiro 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Moya et al. 2013)

About the journal

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

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