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
Kotok A (2008) Science careers. Business financing for your research. Science 319:1549
A journal article with 2 authors
Lim C, Allada R (2013) ATAXIN-2 activates PERIOD translation to sustain circadian rhythms in Drosophila. Science 340:875–879
A journal article with 3 authors
Branco T, Clark BA, Häusser M (2010) Dendritic discrimination of temporal input sequences in cortical neurons. Science 329:1671–1675
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Cannara RJ, Brukman MJ, Cimatu K, et al (2007) Nanoscale friction varied by isotopic shifting of surface vibrational frequencies. Science 318:780–783

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Blanchet G, Charbit M (2015) Digital Signal and Image Processing Using Matlab®. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Deville M, Lê T-H, Sagaut P (eds) (2009) Turbulence and Interactions: Keynote Lectures of the TI 2006 Conference. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Marien H, Steyaert M, Heremans P (2013) A/D Conversion. In: Steyaert M, Heremans P (eds) Analog Organic Electronics: Building Blocks for Organic Smart Sensor Systems on Foil. Springer, New York, NY, pp 93–109

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) NASA Creates Wi-Fi Chip That Could Save Battery On Your Smart Tech. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 2018


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) B-2 Bomber: Contract Structure and Selected Provisions. 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
Obakhume DA (2013) An aftercare program for female survivors of domestic abuse: A grant proposal. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Feeney K (2007) Falafel, Panini Style. New York Times NJ12

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kotok 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Kotok 2008; Lim and Allada 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Lim and Allada 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Cannara et al. 2007)

About the journal

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

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