How to format your references using the Acta Scientiae Veterinariae citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Acta Scientiae Veterinariae. 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
1 Buchanan M. 2015. Physics in finance: Trading at the speed of light. Nature. 518(7538): 161–163.
A journal article with 2 authors
1 Rilling J.K. & Young L.J. 2014. The biology of mammalian parenting and its effect on offspring social development. Science (New York, N.Y.). 345(6198): 771–776.
A journal article with 3 authors
1 Choe J., Kelker M.S. & Wilson I.A. 2005. Crystal structure of human toll-like receptor 3 (TLR3) ectodomain. Science (New York, N.Y.). 309(5734): 581–585.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
1 Zhang X.-W., Yan X.-J., Zhou Z.-R., Yang F.-F., Wu Z.-Y., Sun H.-B., Liang W.-X., Song A.-X., Lallemand-Breitenbach V., Jeanne M., Zhang Q.-Y., Yang H.-Y., Huang Q.-H., Zhou G.-B., Tong J.-H., Zhang Y., Wu J.-H., Hu H.-Y., de Thé H., Chen S.-J. & Chen Z. 2010. Arsenic trioxide controls the fate of the PML-RARalpha oncoprotein by directly binding PML. Science (New York, N.Y.). 328(5975): 240–243.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1 Graham L. 2015. Internal Control Audit and Compliance. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
1 Lyche T. 2014. Exercises in Computational Mathematics with MATLAB. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, XII, 372 p. 136 illus., 90 illus. in colorp.
A chapter in an edited book
1 Harrabi I., Louati T., Lévesque M. & Maier M. 2015. Testbed Design and Co-simulation of PEV Coordination Schemes Over Integrated Fiber-Wireless Smart Grid Communications Infrastructures. In: Rajakaruna S., Shahnia F., & Ghosh A. (Eds). Plug In Electric Vehicles in Smart Grids: Integration Techniques. Singapore: Springer, pp.99–128.

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 Scientiae Veterinariae.

Blog post
1 Andrews R. 2016. “Lucy” May Have Lived Alongside Several Of Her Evolutionary Cousins In Ancient Africa. IFLScience. Available at: <>. Accessed 10/2018.


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. 1997. Domestic Aviation: Barriers Continue to Limit Competition. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1 Barbeau S.J. 2012. A Location-Aware Architecture Supporting Intelligent Real-Time Mobile Applications, Doctoral dissertation, University of South Florida.

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 St. John Kelly E. 1994. PLAYING IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. New York Times, 1312.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference [2].
This sentence cites two references [2,4].
This sentence cites four references [2,5,6,8].

About the journal

Full journal titleActa Scientiae Veterinariae
AbbreviationActa Sci. Vet.
ISSN (print)1678-0345
ISSN (online)1679-9216
ScopeGeneral Veterinary

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