How to format your references using the Acta Orthopædica Belgica citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Acta Orthopædica Belgica. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Haucke V. Cell biology: On the endocytosis rollercoaster. Nature 2015 ; 517 : 446–447.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bjork A, Pitnick S. Intensity of sexual selection along the anisogamy-isogamy continuum. Nature 2006 ; 441 : 742–745.
A journal article with 3 authors
Navarro-González R, McKay CP, Mvondo DN. A possible nitrogen crisis for Archaean life due to reduced nitrogen fixation by lightning. Nature 2001 ; 412 : 61–64.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Sereno PC, Larsson HC, Sidor CA, et al. The giant crocodyliform Sarcosuchus from the Cretaceous of Africa. Science 2001 ; 294 : 1516–1519.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Charalambides CA. Combinatorial Methods in Discrete Distributions: Charalambides/Combinatorial. Hoboken, NJ, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2005.
An edited book
Fundamentals of Traffic Simulation. vol. 145. New York, NY, Springer, 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
Keith SA, Waller MS, Geissmann T. Vocal Diversity of Kloss’s Gibbons (Hylobates Klossii) in the Mentawai Islands, Indonesia. In Whittaker D, Lappan S, editors. The Gibbons: New Perspectives on Small Ape Socioecology and Population Biology, New York, NY, Springer, 2009, pp. 51–71.

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 Orthopædica Belgica.

Blog post
Andrew E. Why Are Some Generic Drugs Getting So Expensive? IFLScience. 2015.


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. Cost Information on the Desegregation of the School Systems in Mobile County and Wilcox County, Alabama. Washington, DC, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1972.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Fanelli RM. Effects of Urbanization and Infiltration-Based Watershed Restoration on the Hydro-Ecology of Headwater Streams. Doctoral dissertation, College Park, MD, University of Maryland, College Park, 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
Hartocollis A. A Play Is Set in a Hospital, in Two Ways. New York Times 2014 : C1.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (2).
This sentence cites two references (3,4).
This sentence cites four references (3,4,6,8).

About the journal

Full journal titleActa Orthopædica Belgica
ISSN (print)0001-6462

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