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
Morken JP (2014) Organic chemistry: Catalysis marches on. Nature 508:324–325
A journal article with 2 authors
Jarvis P, Linder S (2000) Constraints to growth of boreal forests. Nature 405:904–905
A journal article with 3 authors
Gros J, Serralbo O, Marcelle C (2009) WNT11 acts as a directional cue to organize the elongation of early muscle fibres. Nature 457:589–593
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Fujiwara R, Takenaka S, Hashimoto M, et al (2014) Expression of human solute carrier family transporters in skin: possible contributor to drug-induced skin disorders. Sci Rep 4:5251

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Botto F (2003) Dictionary of e-Business. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
de Souza FL, Leite ER (eds) (2013) Nanoenergy: Nanotechnology Applied for Energy Production. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Biskup J, Bonatti P (2006) Controlled Query Evaluation with Open Queries for a Decidable Relational Submodel. In: Dix J, Hegner SJ (eds) Foundations of Information and Knowledge Systems: 4th International Symposium, FoIKS 2006, Budapest, Hungary, Februrary 14-17, 2006. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 43–62

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 (2014) Climate Change Threatens Range of Bald Eagles and Half of American Bird Species. 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 (1981) Changes Needed in Administering Relief to Industries Hurt by Overseas Competition. 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
Delisio JP (2017) Fighting For A Cure: The Berry Plan’s Impact on Civilian Medical Research. Doctoral dissertation, George Washington 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
Greenhouse L (2007) Guantánamo Detainees Enjoy Historic Protections, Administration Says. New York Times A29

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Morken 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Jarvis and Linder 2000; Morken 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Jarvis and Linder 2000)
  • Three or more authors: (Fujiwara et al. 2014)

About the journal

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

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