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 Koen, D. 2005. Nuts and bolts. Soft skills. Nature. 435(7038): 126.
A journal article with 2 authors
1 Yuan, J. & B.A. Yankner. 2000. Apoptosis in the nervous system. Nature. 407(6805): 802–809.
A journal article with 3 authors
1 Allard, P., M. Burton & F. Muré. 2005. Spectroscopic evidence for a lava fountain driven by previously accumulated magmatic gas. Nature. 433(7024): 407–410.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
1 Radic, S., N.K. Geitner, R. Podila, A. Käkinen, P. Chen, P.C. Ke & F. Ding. 2013. Competitive binding of natural amphiphiles with graphene derivatives. Scientific Reports. 3: 2273.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1 Kirsh, S.J. 2009. Media and Youth. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
1 Deer, T.R. & J.E. Pope, eds. 2016. Atlas of Implantable Therapies for Pain Management. 2nd ed. 2016. New York, NY: Springer, XIV, 322 p. 268 illus., 193 illus. in colorp.
A chapter in an edited book
1 Burgeth, B. & A. Kleefeld. 2014. Order Based Morphology for Color Images via Matrix Fields, In: C.-F. Westin, A. Vilanova, B. Burgeth (Eds). Visualization and Processing of Tensors and Higher Order Descriptors for Multi-Valued Data. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, pp.75–95.

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 Andrew, D. 2015. NASA Tests Flying Saucer. 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. 2014. Secure Flight: Additional Actions Needed to Determine Program Effectiveness and Strengthen Privacy Oversight Mechanisms. 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 Weaver, P.Q. 2008. Relationships between leadership practices of founders and successors and economic performance of select family businesses, Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix.

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 Greenhouse, L. 2006. A 1986 Case Could Aid Appeals Along Death Row. New York Times, A28.

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 [4,5,7,8].

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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