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
Goldbeter A (2002) Computational approaches to cellular rhythms. Nature 420:238–245
A journal article with 2 authors
Fletcher DA, Mullins RD (2010) Cell mechanics and the cytoskeleton. Nature 463:485–492
A journal article with 3 authors
Cao A, Romanowicz B, Takeuchi N (2005) An observation of PKJKP: inferences on inner core shear properties. Science 308:1453–1455
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Li H, Yang B, Xing K, et al (2014) A preliminary study of the relationship between breast cancer metastasis and loss of heterozygosity by using exome sequencing. Sci Rep 4:5460

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Pierce DR (2013) Project Scheduling and Management for Construction. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Pisanski T (2013) Configurations from a Graphical Viewpoint. Birkhäuser, Boston, MA
A chapter in an edited book
Sakawa M, Nishizaki I, Katagiri H (2011) Stochastic and Fuzzy Random Two-Level Programming. In: Nishizaki I, Katagiri H (eds) Fuzzy Stochastic Multiobjective Programming. Springer, New York, NY, pp 169–223

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
Andrew D (2016) The Top Six Dinosaur Myths And How We Busted Them. 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 (1977) Capitalization and Use of the Automatic Data Processing Fund That Is Administered by the General Services Administration. 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
Labelle DA (2012) Perceived barriers to recruitment and retention in rural healthcare sectors: A physical therapist narrative inquiry. Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix

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
Callahan K (2011) Quotation Of The Day. New York Times A2

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Goldbeter 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Goldbeter 2002; Fletcher and Mullins 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Fletcher and Mullins 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Li et al. 2014)

About the journal

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

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