How to format your references using the Acta Histochemica citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Acta Histochemica. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Boothroyd, A.I., 2006. Astronomy. Heavy elements in stars. Science 314, 1690–1691.
A journal article with 2 authors
Trujillo, C.A., Sheppard, S.S., 2014. A Sedna-like body with a perihelion of 80 astronomical units. Nature 507, 471–474.
A journal article with 3 authors
Shubin, N.H., Daeschler, E.B., Coates, M.I., 2004. The early evolution of the tetrapod humerus. Science 304, 90–93.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Achard, P., Cheng, H., De Grauwe, L., Decat, J., Schoutteten, H., Moritz, T., Van Der Straeten, D., Peng, J., Harberd, N.P., 2006. Integration of plant responses to environmentally activated phytohormonal signals. Science 311, 91–94.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Pinoli, J.-C., 2014. Mathematical Foundations of Image Processing and Analysis 1. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Mastorakis, N., Mladenov, V. (Eds.), 2014. Computational Problems in Engineering, Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Kinfe, T.M., Vesper, J., 2013. The Impact of Multichannel Microelectrode Recording (MER) in Deep Brain Stimulation of the Basal Ganglia, in: Nikkhah, G., Pinsker, M. (Eds.), Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. Springer, Vienna, pp. 27–33.

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 Histochemica.

Blog post
Andrew, D., 2016. How Smartphone Light Affects Your Brain And Body [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1996. FCC: Interconnection and Resale Obligations Pertaining to Commercial Mobile Radio Services (No. OGC-96-32). 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
Murray, B.A., 2015. Sociocultural factors in women’s health in Swaziland (Doctoral dissertation). Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

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
Leland, J., 2016. Gloria Steinem Never Stops. New York Times MB1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Boothroyd, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Boothroyd, 2006; Trujillo and Sheppard, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Trujillo and Sheppard, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Achard et al., 2006)

About the journal

Full journal titleActa Histochemica
AbbreviationActa Histochem.
ISSN (print)0065-1281
ScopeCell Biology
General Medicine

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