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
Schmidt, Charles. 2012. “Bioelectronics: The Bionic Material.” Nature 483 (7389): S37.
A journal article with 2 authors
Vollan, Björn, and Elinor Ostrom. 2010. “Social Science. Cooperation and the Commons.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 330 (6006): 923–924.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bannani, Amin, Christian Bobisch, and Rolf Möller. 2007. “Ballistic Electron Microscopy of Individual Molecules.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 315 (5820): 1824–1828.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Hong, Bing, Françoise Gasse, Masao Uchida, Yetang Hong, Xuetian Leng, Yasuyuki Shibata, Ning An, Yongxuan Zhu, and Yu Wang. 2014. “Increasing Summer Rainfall in Arid Eastern-Central Asia over the Past 8500 Years.” Scientific Reports 4 (June): 5279.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Mohanty, Sanat, and Ranjana Ghosh. 2010. Planning a Scientific Career in Industry. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Fehlman, William L. 2009. Mobile Robot Navigation with Intelligent Infrared Image Interpretation. Edited by Mark K. Hinders. London: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Murad, Khairudin, Suhaimee Saahar@Saabar, and Abuzar Abdul Halim. 2015. “Does Cuteness Sell? A Content Analytic Study of Children Portrayal in Press Advertisement.” In Proceedings of the Colloquium on Administrative Science and Technology: CoAST 2013, edited by Rugayah Hashim and Abu Bakar Abdul Majeed, 29–40. Singapore: 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, Elise. 2015. “Genetically Modified Lamb with Jellyfish Protein Accidentally Sold as Meat in Paris.” 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. State Department: The July 2006 Evacuation of American Citizens from Lebanon. GAO-07-893R. 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
Patrick, Nancy S. 2010. “Employees’ Perceptions of Employers’ Response After Workplace Injury.” Doctoral dissertation, Boca Raton, FL: Florida Atlantic University.

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
Kelly, Caitlin. 2012. “Drop Out, Dive In, Start Up.” New York Times, September 16.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Schmidt 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Schmidt 2012; Vollan and Ostrom 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Vollan and Ostrom 2010)
  • Three authors: (Bannani, Bobisch, and Möller 2007)
  • 4 or more authors: (Hong et al. 2014)

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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