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
Milburn, G.J., 2013. Physics. Demonstrating uncertainty. Science 339, 770–771.
A journal article with 2 authors
Maher, K., Chamberlain, C.P., 2014. Hydrologic regulation of chemical weathering and the geologic carbon cycle. Science 343, 1502–1504.
A journal article with 3 authors
Berkhout, B., Das, A.T., Beerens, N., 2001. HIV-1 RNA editing, hypermutation, and error-prone reverse transcription. Science 292, 7.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Zhou, Q., Liu, Z.L., Ning, K., Wang, A., Zeng, X., Xu, J., 2014. Genomic and transcriptome analyses reveal that MAPK- and phosphatidylinositol-signaling pathways mediate tolerance to 5-hydroxymethyl-2-furaldehyde for industrial yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Sci. Rep. 4, 6556.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Avdeef, A., 2012. Absorption and Drug Development. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Rahwan, I., Parsons, S., Reed, C. (Eds.), 2008. Argumentation in Multi-Agent Systems: 4th International Workshop, ArgMAS 2007, Honolulu, HI, USA, May 15, 2007, Revised Selected and Invited Papers, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Hillel, A., Robinson, L., 2006. Diagnostic Electromyography for Unilateral Vocal Fold Dysmotility, in: Sulica, L., Blitzer, A. (Eds.), Vocal Fold Paralysis. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 63–73.

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
Luntz, S., 2014. Canadian Weather Forecasters Forbidden From Discussing Climate Change [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, 2006. FAA’s Proposed Plan for Implementing a Reliability Centered Maintenance Process for Air Traffic Control Equipment (No. GAO-07-81R). 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
Bade, L.L., 2010. Extending the benefits of alcohol and drug treatment: An exploration of volunteer utilization and delivery of recovery services (Doctoral dissertation). Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.

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
Protess, B., 2016. Apollo Global Settles Securities Case as the S.E.C. Imposes a $53 Million Fine. New York Times B3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Milburn, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Maher and Chamberlain, 2014; Milburn, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Maher and Chamberlain, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Zhou et al., 2014)

About the journal

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

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