How to format your references using the Acta Crystallographica Section A: Foundations and Advances citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Acta Crystallographica Section A: Foundations and Advances. 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
Wand, A. J. (2015). Nature. 517, 149–150.
A journal article with 2 authors
Devos, D. P. & Reynaud, E. G. (2010). Science. 330, 1187–1188.
A journal article with 3 authors
Halevy, I., Peters, S. E. & Fischer, W. W. (2012). Science. 337, 331–334.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Greffet, J.-J., Carminati, R., Joulain, K., Mulet, J.-P., Mainguy, S. & Chen, Y. (2002). Nature. 416, 61–64.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Chatterji, S. & Hedges, P. (2005). Loan Workouts and Debt for Equity Swaps Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
(2007). Creatine and Creatine Kinase in Health and Disease Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Smilowitz, N. R. & Saric, M. (2016). Intraprocedural Imaging of Cardiovascular Interventions, Vol. edited by M.H. Picard, J.J. Passeri & J.P. Dal-Bianco, pp. 49–58. 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 Crystallographica Section A: Foundations and Advances.

Blog post
Andrew, D. (2016). The Sun Will Destroy Earth A Lot Sooner Than You Might Think 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 (2016). Information Technology Reform: Agencies Need to Increase Their Use of Incremental Development Practices 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
Goodwin, R. H. (2013). Case study of the voluntary student transfer program: The perspectives of African American students and parent participants in one midwestern school district. Doctoral dissertation. 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
Gordon, M. R. (2017). New York Times. A10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wand, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Wand, 2015; Devos & Reynaud, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Devos & Reynaud, 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Greffet et al., 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleActa Crystallographica Section A: Foundations and Advances
AbbreviationActa Crystallogr. A Found. Adv.
ISSN (online)2053-2733
Structural Biology
Inorganic Chemistry
Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
General Materials Science
Condensed Matter Physics

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