How to format your references using the Acta Crystallographica Section A: Foundations of Crystallography citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Acta Crystallographica Section A: Foundations of Crystallography. 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
Muggleton, S. H. (2006). Nature. 440, 409–410.
A journal article with 2 authors
Duggavathi, R. & Murphy, B. D. (2009). Science. 324, 890–891.
A journal article with 3 authors
Alves, J. F., Lada, C. J. & Lada, E. A. (2001). Nature. 409, 159–161.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Yasar, S., Podgornik, R., Valle-Orero, J., Johnson, M. R. & Parsegian, V. A. (2014). Sci. Rep. 4, 6877.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Fabozzi, F. J. & Drake, P. P. (2009). Finance Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Duindam, V. (2009). Modeling and Control of Complex Physical Systems: The Port-Hamiltonian Approach Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Stessl, M., Noe, C. R. & Winkler, J. (2012). From Nucleic Acids Sequences to Molecular Medicine, Vol. edited by V.A. Erdmann & J. Barciszewski, pp. 67–83. Berlin, Heidelberg: 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 Crystallographica Section A: Foundations of Crystallography.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015). Play Linked To Sluggish Growth In Infant Monkeys – But Should Humans Worry? 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 (1992). NASA: Choices and Challenges 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
Helgoe, C. A. (2008). The impact of federal policy on teachers’ use of science manipulatives: A survey of teacher philosophy and practices. Doctoral dissertation. Pepperdine 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
Greenhouse, L. (2008). New York Times. A15.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Muggleton, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Muggleton, 2006; Duggavathi & Murphy, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Duggavathi & Murphy, 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Yasar et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleActa Crystallographica Section A: Foundations of Crystallography
ISSN (print)0108-7673
ISSN (online)1600-5724

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