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
Wilcken B (2013) Medicine. Newborn screening: gaps in the evidence. Science 342:197–198
A journal article with 2 authors
Schulz HN, Schulz HD (2005) Large sulfur bacteria and the formation of phosphorite. Science 307:416–418
A journal article with 3 authors
Weber W, Riesen S, Siegmann HC (2001) Magnetization precession by hot spin injection. Science 291:1015–1018
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Suárez-López P, Wheatley K, Robson F, et al (2001) CONSTANS mediates between the circadian clock and the control of flowering in Arabidopsis. Nature 410:1116–1120

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ccps (2017) Guidelines for Combustible Dust Hazard Analysis. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Schweikard A (2015) Medical Robotics, 1st ed. 2015. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Chung EG, Schladow SG, Perez-Losada J, Robertson DM (2008) A linked hydrodynamic and water quality model for the Salton Sea. In: Hurlbert SH (ed) The Salton Sea Centennial Symposium: Proceedings of a Symposium Celebrating a Century of Symbiosis Among Agriculture, Wildlife and People, 1905–2005, held in San Diego, California, USA, March 2005. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp 57–75

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) Watch A Katana-Wielding Robot Battle A Human Samurai Sword Master. In: IFLScience. 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 (2012) Information Technology: FDA Needs to Fully Implement Key Management Practices to Lessen Modernization Risks. 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
Gallardo-Macias R (2009) Tin (II) compounds as novel catalysts for the Kabachnik-Fields reaction: Studies in the synthesis of alpha-aminophosphonates under solvent free conditions and Synthesis of phosphonates and phosphates as reversible and irreversible inhibitors of butyrylcholinesterase. 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
Shpigel B (2015) The Undoing of a Quiet Jet. New York Times SP1

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wilcken 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Schulz and Schulz 2005; Wilcken 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Schulz and Schulz 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Suárez-López et al. 2001)

About the journal

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

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