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
Butler, J. H. (2000). Nature 403, 260–261.
A journal article with 2 authors
Corfe, I. J. & Butler, R. J. (2006). Science 313, 1238; author reply 1238.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kuhlen, M., Madau, P. & Silk, J. (2009). Science 325, 970–973.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Gibson, M. C., Patel, A. B., Nagpal, R. & Perrimon, N. (2006). Nature 442, 1038–1041.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lemma, A. (2008). Introduction to the Practice of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy West Sussex, England: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Hunt, K. K., Robb, G. L., Strom, E. A. & Ueno, N. T. (2008). Breast Cancer 2nd edition New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Brisson, J. A. & Davis, G. K. (2008). Vol. Genome Mapping and Genomics in Arthropods, edited by C. Kole. pp. 59–67. 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 and Advances.

Blog post
Carpineti, A. (2016). 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 (1990). Connecticut’s Eligibility System: Improving System Availability 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
Bennett, C. A. (2012). The stigma of mental illness as experienced by mental health professionals as patients: A phenomenological study. Doctoral dissertation. Pacifica Graduate Institute.

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
Kenigsberg, B. (2016). New York Times C7.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Butler, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Butler, 2000; Corfe & Butler, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Corfe & Butler, 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Gibson et al., 2006)

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

Other styles