How to format your references using the Acta Geodaetica et Geophysica citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Acta Geodaetica et Geophysica. 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
Butler D (2003) Quake triggers research expedition. Nature 423:673
A journal article with 2 authors
Geschwind DH, Konopka G (2009) Neuroscience in the era of functional genomics and systems biology. Nature 461:908–915
A journal article with 3 authors
Desai BS, Chadha A, Cook B (2014) The stum gene is essential for mechanical sensing in proprioceptive neurons. Science 343:1256–1259
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Bramwell ST, Giblin SR, Calder S, et al (2009) Measurement of the charge and current of magnetic monopoles in spin ice. Nature 461:956–959

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Jäger W, Marzahn G (2010) Mauerwerk. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany
An edited book
Duplantier B, Raimond J-M, Rivasseau V (eds) (2007) Quantum Decoherence: Poincaré Seminar 2005. Birkhäuser, Basel
A chapter in an edited book
Riegler A (2007) Superstition in the Machine. In: Butz MV, Sigaud O, Pezzulo G, Baldassarre G (eds) Anticipatory Behavior in Adaptive Learning Systems: From Brains to Individual and Social Behavior. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 57–72

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 Geodaetica et Geophysica.

Blog post
Hamilton K (2016) The Soldiers Who Died Of Homesickness. 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 (1987) Motor Vehicle Safety: A Review of the NTSB Report on Rear Seat Lap Belt Effectiveness. 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
Yalof B (2012) Marshaling Resources: A Classic Grounded Theory Study of Online Learners. Doctoral dissertation, Northcentral 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) Justices Raise Doubts on Campaign Finance Law. New York Times A1

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Butler 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Butler 2003; Geschwind and Konopka 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Geschwind and Konopka 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Bramwell et al. 2009)

About the journal

Full journal titleActa Geodaetica et Geophysica
AbbreviationActa Geod. Geophys.
ISSN (print)2213-5812
ISSN (online)2213-5820
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