How to format your references using the Acta Botanica Gallica citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Acta Botanica Gallica. 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
Roelfsema, Pieter R. 2011. “Neuroscience. Attention--Voluntary Control of Brain Cells.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 332 (6037): 1512–1513.
A journal article with 2 authors
Fender, Rob, and Tomaso Belloni. 2012. “Stellar-Mass Black Holes and Ultraluminous x-Ray Sources.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 337 (6094): 540–544.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bourgeois, Christine, Benedita Rocha, and Corinne Tanchot. 2002. “A Role for CD40 Expression on CD8+ T Cells in the Generation of CD8+ T Cell Memory.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 297 (5589): 2060–2063.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Kobatake, Seiya, Shizuka Takami, Hiroaki Muto, Tomoyuki Ishikawa, and Masahiro Irie. 2007. “Rapid and Reversible Shape Changes of Molecular Crystals on Photoirradiation.” Nature 446 (7137): 778–781.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Schweiker, William. 2010. Dust That Breathes. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Hand, Michael S. 2014. Economics of Wildfire Management: The Development and Application of Suppression Expenditure Models. Edited by Krista M. Gebert, Jingjing Liang, David E. Calkin, Matthew P. Thompson, and Mo Zhou. SpringerBriefs in Fire. New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Frétigny, Christian. 2007. “Atomic Force Microscopy.” In Nanoscience: Nanotechnologies and Nanophysics, edited by Claire Dupas, Philippe Houdy, and Marcel Lahmani, 91–119. Berlin, Heidelberg: 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 Botanica Gallica.

Blog post
Andrew, Danielle. 2017. “33 Stunning Images Shortlisted For The Sony World Photography Awards 2017.” IFLScience. IFLScience.


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. 2007. DOD Is Making Progress in Adopting Best Practices for the Transformational Satellite Communications System and Space Radar but Still Faces Challenges. GAO-07-1029R. 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
Shendge, Pratik Nandkumar. 2017. “Improvement in Estimation of Carrier Frequency Offset in Wireless Networks.” Doctoral dissertation, Long Beach, CA: California State University, Long Beach.

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
Vecsey, George. 2011. “At All-Star Game, Politics and Passion Are Also in Play.” New York Times, July 11.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Roelfsema 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Roelfsema 2011; Fender and Belloni 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Fender and Belloni 2012)
  • Three authors: (Bourgeois, Rocha, and Tanchot 2002)
  • 4 or more authors: (Kobatake et al. 2007)

About the journal

Full journal titleActa Botanica Gallica
AbbreviationActa Bot. Gallica
ISSN (print)1253-8078
ISSN (online)2166-3408
ScopePlant Science

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