How to format your references using the Acta Crystallographica Section B: Structural Science citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Acta Crystallographica Section B: Structural Science. 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
Cuk, M. (2007). Science. 318, 244.
A journal article with 2 authors
Feldman, D. E. & Brecht, M. (2005). Science. 310, 810–815.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lindenmayer, D. B., Laurance, W. F. & Franklin, J. F. (2012). Science. 338, 1305–1306.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Bai, Y., Han, X., Zheng, X.-C. & Qiao, L. (2013). Sci. Rep. 3, 2895.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Berk, J. (2010). Cost Reduction and Optimization for Manufacturing and Industrial Companies Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
(2014). Universe of Scales: From Nanotechnology to Cosmology: Symposium in Honor of Minoru M. Freund Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Hamada, A., Esteves, S. C. & Agarwal, A. (2016). Varicocele and Male Infertility: Current Concepts, Controversies and Consensus, Vol. edited by S.C. Esteves & A. Agarwal, pp. 45–54. 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 B: Structural Science.

Blog post
Hale, T. (2016). Get An Up-Close Look At How A Mosquito Sucks Your Blood 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 (1996). Education and Employment Issue Area: Active Assignments 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
Otarola, A. C. (2008). The effects of turbulence in an absorbing atmosphere on the propagation of microwave signals used in an active sounding system. Doctoral dissertation. University of Arizona.

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
Wagner, J. (2017). New York Times. D3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Cuk, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Cuk, 2007; Feldman & Brecht, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Feldman & Brecht, 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Bai et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleActa Crystallographica Section B: Structural Science
ISSN (print)0108-7681
ISSN (online)1600-5740

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