How to format your references using the Acta Geochimica citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Acta Geochimica. 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
Saper CB (2006) Biomedicine. Life, the universe, and body temperature. Science 314:773–774
A journal article with 2 authors
Melbourne BA, Hastings A (2008) Extinction risk depends strongly on factors contributing to stochasticity. Nature 454:100–103
A journal article with 3 authors
Usami Y, Wu Y, Göttlinger HG (2015) SERINC3 and SERINC5 restrict HIV-1 infectivity and are counteracted by Nef. Nature 526:218–223
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Hogerheijde MR, Bergin EA, Brinch C, et al (2011) Detection of the water reservoir in a forming planetary system. Science 334:338–340

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Scharf T (2006) Polarized Light in Liquid Crystals and Polymers. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Fischer X (2006) Research in Interactive Design. Springer, Paris
A chapter in an edited book
Nácul FE (2016) Vasopressors and Inotropes. In: O’Donnell JM, Nácul FE (eds) Surgical Intensive Care Medicine. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 55–60

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 Geochimica.

Blog post
Andrew E (2015) MRI Study Reveals Brain Regions That Get Songs Stuck In Our Heads. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/brain/brain-regions-help-get-songs-stuck-our-heads-revealed/. Accessed 30 Oct 2018

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
Government Accountability Office (2010) America COMPETES Act: It Is Too Early to Evaluate Programs Long-Term Effectiveness, but Agencies Could Improve Reporting of High-Risk, High-Reward Research Priorities. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Magner KA (2010) Evaluation of admissions criteria and practices with regards to successful online learning styles and characteristics. 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
Almosawa S, Youssef N (2017) Shattered Yemen Falls Victim to Another Deadly Enemy: Cholera. New York Times A4

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Saper 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Saper 2006; Melbourne and Hastings 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Melbourne and Hastings 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Hogerheijde et al. 2011)

About the journal

Full journal titleActa Geochimica
AbbreviationActa Geochim.
ISSN (print)2096-0956
ISSN (online)2365-7499
ScopeGeochemistry and Petrology

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