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
Prusiner, S.B., 2002. Historical essay. Discovering the cause of AIDS. Science 298, 1726.
A journal article with 2 authors
Pizzari, T., Birkhead, T.R., 2000. Female feral fowl eject sperm of subdominant males. Nature 405, 787–789.
A journal article with 3 authors
Dornelas, M., Connolly, S.R., Hughes, T.P., 2006. Coral reef diversity refutes the neutral theory of biodiversity. Nature 440, 80–82.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Schmitt, J.P., Kamisago, M., Asahi, M., Li, G.H., Ahmad, F., Mende, U., Kranias, E.G., MacLennan, D.H., Seidman, J.G., Seidman, C.E., 2003. Dilated cardiomyopathy and heart failure caused by a mutation in phospholamban. Science 299, 1410–1413.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ralph, D., Graham, P., 2004. MMS: Technologies, Usage and Business Models. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Mulhall, J.P., Incrocci, L., Goldstein, I., Rosen, R. (Eds.), 2011. Cancer and Sexual Health, Current Clinical Urology. Humana Press, Totowa, NJ.
A chapter in an edited book
Mendoza, G., Khero, Z., 2016. Building Pakistan’s Resilience to Flood Disasters in the Indus River Basin, in: Tortajada, C. (Ed.), Increasing Resilience to Climate Variability and Change: The Roles of Infrastructure and Governance in the Context of Adaptation, Water Resources Development and Management. Springer, Singapore, pp. 81–110.

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. BMW Solar Charging Carport Unveiled [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, 1985. [Comments on Proposed FAR Changes] (No. B-221098). 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
Murdock, J.M., 2017. Lethe and the Twin Bodhisattvas of Forgiveness and Forgetfulness (Doctoral dissertation). Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, 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
Feeney, K., 2008. A Cornucopia Of Produce. New York Times NJ14.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Prusiner, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Pizzari and Birkhead, 2000; Prusiner, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Pizzari and Birkhead, 2000)
  • Three or more authors: (Schmitt et al., 2003)

About the journal

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

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