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
Branscomb, L.M., 2008. Science and industry. Research alone is not enough. Science 321, 915–916.
A journal article with 2 authors
Trottier, Y., Mandel, J.L., 2001. Biomedicine. Huntingtin--profit and loss. Science 293, 445–446.
A journal article with 3 authors
Agrawal, A.F., Brodie, E.D., 3rd, Brown, J., 2001. Parent-offspring coadaptation and the dual genetic control of maternal care. Science 292, 1710–1712.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Mauch, D.H., Nägler, K., Schumacher, S., Göritz, C., Müller, E.C., Otto, A., Pfrieger, F.W., 2001. CNS synaptogenesis promoted by glia-derived cholesterol. Science 294, 1354–1357.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Perez, A., 2013. IP, Ethernet and MPLS Networks. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ USA.
An edited book
Murgante, B., Gervasi, O., Misra, S., Nedjah, N., Rocha, A.M.A.C., Taniar, D., Apduhan, B.O. (Eds.), 2012. Computational Science and Its Applications – ICCSA 2012: 12th International Conference, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, June 18-21, 2012, Proceedings, Part I, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Chaudhry, P., Zimmerman, A., 2013. The Demand for Counterfeit Trade: Consumer Complicity, in: Zimmerman, A. (Ed.), Protecting Your Intellectual Property Rights: Understanding the Role of Management, Governments, Consumers and Pirates, Management for Professionals. Springer, New York, NY, pp. 71–83.

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
Davis, J., 2016. UN Agrees To Tackle The Urgent Threat Posed By Antibiotic Resistance [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, 2001. Internal Revenue Service: 2001 Tax Filing Season, Systems Modernization, and Security of Electronic Filing (No. GAO-01-595T). 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
Ringler, I., 2008. Values satisfaction and participation in a community leadership program: A case study (Doctoral dissertation). University of Phoenix, Phoenix, 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
Weiser, B., Protess, B., 2016. New Chief for U.S. Crime Division. New York Times B5.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Branscomb, 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Branscomb, 2008; Trottier and Mandel, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Trottier and Mandel, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Mauch et al., 2001)

About the journal

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

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