How to format your references using the Acta Cytologica citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Acta Cytologica. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Savage N. Come into the light. Nature. 2012 Mar;483(7389):S38-9.
A journal article with 2 authors
Purves D, Pacala S. Predictive models of forest dynamics. Science. 2008 Jun;320(5882):1452–3.
A journal article with 3 authors
Brooks-Pollock E, Roberts GO, Keeling MJ. A dynamic model of bovine tuberculosis spread and control in Great Britain. Nature. 2014 Jul;511(7508):228–31.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Zhou X-J, Qi Y-Y, Hou P, Lv J-C, Shi S-F, Liu L-J, et al. Cumulative effects of variants identified by genome-wide association studies in IgA nephropathy. Sci Rep. 2014 May;4:4904.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lalanne C. Random Vibration. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2014.
An edited book
Shen V, editor. Dao Companion to Classical Confucian Philosophy. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
Zhou J, Wang R, Jin C, Yan D. Multiple MP3 Compression Detection Based on the Statistical Properties of Scale Factors. In: Shi Y-Q, Kim HJ, Pérez-González F, Echizen I, editors. Digital-Forensics and Watermarking: 14th International Workshop, IWDW 2015, Tokyo, Japan, October 7-10, 2015, Revised Selected Papers. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2016; pp 51–60.

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 Cytologica.

Blog post
Andrew E. Russian Official Calls for an Investigation into Apollo Moon Landings [Internet]. IFLScience. 2015 Jun


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. Aviation Safety: Information on the Safety Effects of Modifying the Age Standard for Commercial Pilots. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2009.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Eng R. Exploring Investors’ Decision Making Processes During the 2008 Financial Crisis Using Epstein’s Cognitive Experiential Self-Theory: A Multiple-case Study. 2014

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
Belson K, Pilon M. Round One in Sprints to Jamaica; Briton Takes 10,000. New York Times. 2012 Aug;SP3.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleActa Cytologica
AbbreviationActa Cytol.
ISSN (print)0001-5547
ISSN (online)1938-2650
ScopeGeneral Medicine
Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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