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
Ferry, David K. 2012. “Applied Physics. Ohm’s Law in a Quantum World.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 335 (6064): 45–46.
A journal article with 2 authors
Patel, Sachin, and Roger D. Cone. 2015. “Neuroscience: A Cellular Basis for the Munchies.” Nature 519 (7541): 38–40.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yanagisawa, Shuichi, Sang-Dong Yoo, and Jen Sheen. 2003. “Differential Regulation of EIN3 Stability by Glucose and Ethylene Signalling in Plants.” Nature 425 (6957): 521–525.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Balanyá, Joan, Josep M. Oller, Raymond B. Huey, George W. Gilchrist, and Luis Serra. 2006. “Global Genetic Change Tracks Global Climate Warming in Drosophila Subobscura.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 313 (5794): 1773–1775.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Perrin, Vincent. 2013. MRI Techniques. Hoboken, NJ USA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Kalthoff, Holger, ed. 2009. Death Receptors and Cognate Ligands in Cancer. Vol. 49. Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Mackay, Ian R., Roberto Martinez-Neira, Senga Whittingham, Dan Nicolau, and Ban-Hock Toh. 2008. “Autoantigenicity of Actin.” In Actin-Binding Proteins and Disease, edited by Cristobal G. dos Remedios and Deepak Chhabra, 50–64. New York, NY: 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. “Our Mostly Dry Planetary Neighbors Once Had Lots of Water—What Does That Imply For Us?” 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. 1993. High Speed Ground Transportation: Strategic Approach Needed for Introduction of HSGT. T-RCED-93-35. 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
Randolph, Jessica L. 2017. “A Mixed-Methods Investigation of FMS Shoulder Mobility and Reported Upper Body Injury in Collegiate Football Athletes at a Division II Midwestern University.” Doctoral dissertation, St. Charles, MO: Lindenwood 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
Grynbaum, Michael M. 2017. “Fox Trades Motto of ‘Fair and Balanced’ for ‘Most Watched, Most Trusted.’” New York Times, June 14.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ferry 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Ferry 2012; Patel and Cone 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Patel and Cone 2015)
  • Three authors: (Yanagisawa, Yoo, and Sheen 2003)
  • 4 or more authors: (Balanyá et al. 2006)

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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