How to format your references using the Acta Materialia citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Acta Materialia. 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
[1]
T. Holt, Subpoenaed in Syracuse, Nature. 407 (2000) 841.
A journal article with 2 authors
[1]
N. Fujii, A.M. Graybiel, Representation of action sequence boundaries by macaque prefrontal cortical neurons, Science. 301 (2003) 1246–1249.
A journal article with 3 authors
[1]
A. Takano, T. Endo, T. Yoshihisa, tRNA actively shuttles between the nucleus and cytosol in yeast, Science. 309 (2005) 140–142.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
[1]
S. Lyapina, G. Cope, A. Shevchenko, G. Serino, T. Tsuge, C. Zhou, D.A. Wolf, N. Wei, A. Shevchenko, R.J. Deshaies, Promotion of NEDD-CUL1 conjugate cleavage by COP9 signalosome, Science. 292 (2001) 1382–1385.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
[1]
P. Stockinger, Audiovisual Archives, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ USA, 2013.
An edited book
[1]
G.F. Italiano, G. Pighizzini, D.T. Sannella, eds., Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science 2015: 40th International Symposium, MFCS 2015, Milan, Italy, August 24-28, 2015, Proceedings, Part II, 1st ed. 2015, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
[1]
K. Vitasek, K. Manrodt, J. Kling, U.S. Department of Energy Transforms Weapons Wasteland to Wildlife Site, in: K. Manrodt, J. Kling (Eds.), Vested: How P&G, McDonald’s and Microsoft Are Redefining Winning in Business Relationships, Palgrave Macmillan US, New York, NY, 2012: pp. 61–87.

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 Materialia.

Blog post
[1]
J. Fang, Big-Brained Female Guppies Outsmart Hungry Predators, IFLScience. (2015). https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/big-brained-female-guppies-outsmart-hungry-predators/ (accessed October 30, 2018).

Reports

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
[1]
Government Accountability Office, Army Aviation: Modernization Strategy Needs to Be Reassessed, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1994.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
[1]
K.A. San, Synthesis of Alkanethiolate-Capped Metal Nanoparticles Using Alkyl Thiosulfate Ligand Precursors for Selective Catalytic Reactions, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2017.

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
[1]
B. Brantley, A Playwright Intent on Naming, and Goading, the Beast Within, New York Times. (2016) C2.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleActa Materialia
AbbreviationActa Mater.
ISSN (print)1359-6454
ScopeCeramics and Composites
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
Metals and Alloys
Polymers and Plastics

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