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
Krause, Richard M. 2005. “Obituary: Maclyn McCarty (1911-2005).” Nature 433 (7024): 372.
A journal article with 2 authors
Thyer, Ross, and Jared Ellefson. 2014. “Synthetic Biology: New Letters for Life’s Alphabet.” Nature 509 (7500): 291–292.
A journal article with 3 authors
Acuña, José Luis, Ángel López-Urrutia, and Sean Colin. 2011. “Faking Giants: The Evolution of High Prey Clearance Rates in Jellyfishes.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 333 (6049): 1627–1629.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Adelman, Zach N., Lorraine M. Albritton, Kathleen Boris-Lawrie, Michael J. Buchmeier, Paula Cannon, Mildred Cho, David DiGiusto, et al. 2018. “Protect NIH’s DNA Advisory Committee.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 362 (6413): 409–410.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Diab, Wael William, and Howard M. Frazier. 2011. Ethernet in the First Mile. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Ahmad, Viqar Uddin, and Anwer Basha, eds. 2007. Spectroscopic Data of Steroid Glycosides: Cholestanes, Ergostanes, Withanolides, Stigmastane: Volume 1. New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Michl, Susanne. 2015. “The Epistemics of ‘Personalized Medicine’. Rebranding Pharmacogenetics.” In Individualized Medicine: Ethical, Economical and Historical Perspectives, edited by Tobias Fischer, Martin Langanke, Paul Marschall, and Susanne Michl, 61–78. Advances in Predictive, Preventive and Personalised Medicine. Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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. “How We Discovered That The Earth’s Inner Core Is Older Than Previously Thought.” 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. 2008. Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures: Fiscal Year 2008 Highway Trust Fund Excise Taxes. GAO-09-91R. 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
Kino, Michael Y. 2015. “My Concierge MD, Inc. a Business Plan.” 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
George, Nelson. 2011. “New Directors Flesh Out Black America, All of It.” New York Times, December 25.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Krause 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Krause 2005; Thyer and Ellefson 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Thyer and Ellefson 2014)
  • Three authors: (Acuña, López-Urrutia, and Colin 2011)
  • 4 or more authors: (Adelman et al. 2018)

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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