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
B. Thamdrup, Geochemistry. New players in an ancient cycle, Science. 317 (2007) 1508–1509.
A journal article with 2 authors
M.R. Hayden, V. Ling, Michael Smith (1932-2000), Nature. 408 (2000) 786.
A journal article with 3 authors
T.P. Rakitzis, A.J. van den Brom, M.H.M. Janssen, Directional dynamics in the photodissociation of oriented molecules, Science. 303 (2004) 1852–1854.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
C. He, S. Dong, M. Santosh, X. Chen, Seismic Evidence for a Geosuture between the Yangtze and Cathaysia Blocks, South China, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 2200.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
G.B. Rodman, Why Cultural Studies?, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK, 2014.
An edited book
J.C.A. Boeyens, P. Comba, eds., Electronic Structure and Number Theory: Bohr’s Boldest Dream, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
K. Yoshiuchi, Momentary Measurement of Psychosocial Factors, in: M.F. Dollard, A. Shimazu, R. Bin Nordin, P. Brough, M.R. Tuckey (Eds.), Psychosocial Factors at Work in the Asia Pacific, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2014: pp. 117–125.

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
E. Andrew, Can You Learn to Taste and Smell the Letter B?, IFLScience. (2014). (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, Close Air Support: Status of the Air Force’s Efforts to Replace the A-10 Aircraft, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1988.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
D.J. Clovis, The thayer valve and its effect on a generation and beyond, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2010.

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
G. Vecsey, For Golf’s No. 1 Pitchman, Silence Doesn’t Sell, New York Times. (2009) D2.

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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