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
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Gewin V. Putting pen to paper. Nature. 2004 Nov;432(7015):418–9.
A journal article with 2 authors
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Djupedal I, Ekwall K. Molecular biology. The paradox of silent heterochromatin. Science. 2008 May;320(5876):624–5.
A journal article with 3 authors
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Schwartz JH, Tattersall I, Chi Z. Comment on “A complete skull from Dmanisi, Georgia, and the evolutionary biology of early Homo.” Science. 2014 Apr;344(6182):360.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
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Zhang Y, Guo X, Guo J, He Q, Li H, Song Y, et al. Lactobacillus casei reduces susceptibility to type 2 diabetes via microbiota-mediated body chloride ion influx. Sci Rep. 2014 Jul;4:5654.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
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Scott DM. World Wide Rave. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2009.
An edited book
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Dietrich M, Haase J, editors. Process Variations and Probabilistic Integrated Circuit Design. New York, NY: Springer; 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
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Fischer T, Abrams J. Selected Projects. In: Abrams J, editor. Julie Snow Architects. New York, NY: Princeton Archit. Press; 2005; pp 17–17.

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
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Luntz S. Plants With Weapons [Internet]. IFLScience. 2014 Mar [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from: https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/plants-weapons/

Reports

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
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Government Accountability Office. The Condition of Information on Education. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1986.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
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Guiltinan E. Characterizing well connectivity in fractured bedrock using periodic hydraulic tests. 2012

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
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Kercher S. Mothers Becoming Fast Friends, With a Swipe. New York Times. 2017 May;D10.

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
Histology
Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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