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
Turney, C., 2014. This was no Antarctic pleasure cruise. Nature 505, 133.
A journal article with 2 authors
Leslie, N.R., Brunton, V.G., 2013. Cell biology. Where is PTEN? Science 341, 355–356.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hagan, C.L., Kim, S., Kahne, D., 2010. Reconstitution of outer membrane protein assembly from purified components. Science 328, 890–892.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Cao, T., Wei, C.-W., Simpson, R.E., Zhang, L., Cryan, M.J., 2014. Broadband polarization-independent perfect absorber using a phase-change metamaterial at visible frequencies. Sci. Rep. 4, 3955.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wesley, L.D., 2010. Geotechnical Engineering in Residual Soils. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Suit, H.D., 2011. Evolution of Radiation Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Springer US, Boston, MA.
A chapter in an edited book
Inazumi, T., Sugimoto, Y., 2015. Pathophysiological Roles of Prostanoid Receptors in the Central Nervous System, in: Yokomizo, T., Murakami, M. (Eds.), Bioactive Lipid Mediators: Current Reviews and Protocols. Springer Japan, Tokyo, pp. 59–68.

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
Andrews, R., 2017. Here’s A Glorious List Of All The Animals Known To Fart [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, 2008. Aviation Security: Transportation Security Administration Has Strengthened Planning to Guide Investments in Key Aviation Security Programs, but More Work Remains (No. GAO-08-1024T). 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
Wei, C.-S., 2017. Towards Brain Decoding for Real-World Drowsiness Detection (Doctoral dissertation). University of California San Diego, La Jolla, 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
Wagner, J., 2017. Harvey Picks Up a Win, With Plenty of Support. New York Times D6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Turney, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Leslie and Brunton, 2013; Turney, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Leslie and Brunton, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Cao et al., 2014)

About the journal

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

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