How to format your references using the Acta Astronautica citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Acta Astronautica. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
R. Schenkel, Science policy. The challenge of feeding scientific advice into policy-making, Science. 330 (2010) 1749–1751.
A journal article with 2 authors
Z. Jing, L. Wu, Intensified diapycnal mixing in the midlatitude western boundary currents, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 7412.
A journal article with 3 authors
M. Brengues, D. Teixeira, R. Parker, Movement of eukaryotic mRNAs between polysomes and cytoplasmic processing bodies, Science. 310 (2005) 486–489.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
W.-W. Pang, P. Zhang, G.-C. Zhang, A.-G. Xu, X.-G. Zhao, Dislocation creation and void nucleation in FCC ductile metals under tensile loading: a general microscopic picture, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 6981.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
A. Abran, Software Project Estimation, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ, 2015.
An edited book
H.P. Dietz, Atlas of Pelvic Floor Ultrasound, Springer, London, 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
D. Bresch, E.D. Fernández-Nieto, I.R. Ionescu, P. Vigneaux, Augmented Lagrangian Method and Compressible Visco-plastic Flows: Applications to Shallow Dense Avalanches, in: A.V. Fursikov, G.P. Galdi, V.V. Pukhnachev (Eds.), New Directions in Mathematical Fluid Mechanics: The Alexander V. Kazhikhov Memorial Volume, Birkhäuser, Basel, 2010: pp. 57–89.

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 Astronautica.

Blog post
T. Hale, Can You Flush A Toilet With Liquid Mercury? Kind Of, IFLScience. (2016). (accessed October 30, 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, Maritime Law Exemption: Exemption Provides Limited Competitive Advantage, but Barriers to Further Entry under U.S. Flag Remain, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2004.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
A. Frieberg, The Project of Reconciliation: Journalists and religious activists in Polish -German relations, 1956–1972, Doctoral dissertation, University of North Carolina, 2008.

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
J. Wagner, A Washington Monument To Pitching’s Fickle Nature, New York Times. (2017) SP1.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleActa Astronautica
AbbreviationActa Astronaut.
ISSN (print)0094-5765

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