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
Shevde, N., 2012. Stem Cells: Flexible friends. Nature 483, S22-6.
A journal article with 2 authors
Chow, B.Y., Boyden, E.S., 2011. Physiology. Synthetic physiology. Science 332, 1508–1509.
A journal article with 3 authors
Morran, L.T., Parmenter, M.D., Phillips, P.C., 2009. Mutation load and rapid adaptation favour outcrossing over self-fertilization. Nature 462, 350–352.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Shine, R., Phillips, B., Waye, H., LeMaster, M., Mason, R.T., 2001. Benefits of female mimicry in snakes. Nature 414, 267.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bajpai, P., 2010. Environmentally Friendly Production of Pulp and Paper. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Ramsay, A., Agre, G. (Eds.), 2012. Artificial Intelligence: Methodology, Systems, and Applications: 15th International Conference, AIMSA 2012, Varna, Bulgaria, September 12-15, 2012. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Bosse, T., Jonker, C.M., Los, S.A., van der Torre, L., Treur, J., 2006. Formalisation and Analysis of the Temporal Dynamics of Conditioning, in: Müller, J.P., Zambonelli, F. (Eds.), Agent-Oriented Software Engineering VI: 6th International Workshop, AOSE 2005, Utrecht, The Netherlands, July 25, 2005. Revised and Invited Papers, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 54–68.

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
Andrew, E., 2015. Why The $100m Alien Listening Project May Be A Huge Waste Of Time [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, 1984. Tax Information Safeguard Activity Annual Report (No. GGD-84-83). 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
Banuelos, J., 2010. Deficit irrigation of bermudagrass and seashore paspalum for golf course turf (Doctoral dissertation). University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.

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
Kelly, I., 2004. Hamburger Helper. New York Times A23.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Shevde, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Chow and Boyden, 2011; Shevde, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Chow and Boyden, 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Shine et al., 2001)

About the journal

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

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