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
Browning, John. 2009. “Recession Watch: Cut Costs and Sell What You Can.” Nature 457 (7232): 961–962.
A journal article with 2 authors
de Vernal, Anne, and Claude Hillaire-Marcel. 2008. “Natural Variability of Greenland Climate, Vegetation, and Ice Volume during the Past Million Years.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 320 (5883): 1622–1625.
A journal article with 3 authors
Green, Eric D., Mark S. Guyer, and National Human Genome Research Institute. 2011. “Charting a Course for Genomic Medicine from Base Pairs to Bedside.” Nature 470 (7333): 204–213.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Wu, J. Y., L. Feng, H. T. Park, N. Havlioglu, L. Wen, H. Tang, K. B. Bacon, Jiang Zh, Zhang Xc, and Y. Rao. 2001. “The Neuronal Repellent Slit Inhibits Leukocyte Chemotaxis Induced by Chemotactic Factors.” Nature 410 (6831): 948–952.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Noordenbos, Greta. 2013. Recovery from Eating Disorders. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Ahima, Rexford S., ed. 2016. Metabolic Syndrome: A Comprehensive Textbook. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Wang, Jiang, Zicheng Liu, and Ying Wu. 2014. “Conclusion.” In Human Action Recognition with Depth Cameras, edited by Zicheng Liu and Ying Wu, 57–58. SpringerBriefs in Computer Science. 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
Taub, Ben. 2016. “Future Generations Of Lab Rats Could Be Completely See-Through.” 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. 2006. Health Information Technology: HHS Is Continuing Efforts to Define a National Strategy. GAO-06-346T. 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
Salifu, Abdulai. 2008. “Names That Prick: Royal Praise Names in Dagbon, Northern Ghana.” Doctoral dissertation, Bloomington, IN: Indiana 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
Barnes, Brooks, Rachel Abrams, and Jodi Kantor. 2017. “Sharing A Name Of Infamy.” New York Times, October 20.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Browning 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Browning 2009; de Vernal and Hillaire-Marcel 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (de Vernal and Hillaire-Marcel 2008)
  • Three authors: (Green, Guyer, and National Human Genome Research Institute 2011)
  • 4 or more authors: (Wu et al. 2001)

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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