How to format your references using the Acta Societatis Botanicorum Poloniae citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Acta Societatis Botanicorum Poloniae (ASBP). 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
Cuomo S. Beyond the ivory tower. The sinews of war: ancient catapults. Science. 2004;303(5659):771–772.
A journal article with 2 authors
Goff SA, Klee HJ. Plant volatile compounds: sensory cues for health and nutritional value? Science. 2006;311(5762):815–819.
A journal article with 3 authors
Glasauer S, Langley S, Beveridge TJ. Intracellular iron minerals in a dissimilatory iron-reducing bacterium. Science. 2002;295(5552):117–119.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Wang J-S, Wang G, Feng X-Q, Kitamura T, Kang Y-L, Yu S-W, et al. Hierarchical chirality transfer in the growth of Towel Gourd tendrils. Sci. Rep. 2013;3:3102.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kapterev A. Presentation Secrets. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2011.
An edited book
Kunkel JM, Ludwig T, Meuer HW, editors. Supercomputing: 29th International Conference, ISC 2014, Leipzig, Germany, June 22-26, 2014. Proceedings. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2014. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; vol 8488).
A chapter in an edited book
Villahoz JJL, del Olmo Martínez R, Arauzo AA. Combinatorial Auctions for Coordination and Control of Manufacturing MAS: Updating Prices Methods. In: Corchado E, Novais P, Analide C, Sedano J, editors. Soft Computing Models in Industrial and Environmental Applications, 5th International Workshop (SOCO 2010). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2010. p. 27–30. (Advances in Intelligent and Soft Computing; ).

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 Societatis Botanicorum Poloniae.

Blog post
Luntz S. Vaginal Bacteria Play Crucial Role In HIV Transmission [Internet]. IFLScience. 2016;Available from:


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. 21st Century Challenges: Reexamining the Base of the Federal Government. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2005.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Besson PS. Affective Organizational Commitment: A Comparative View of the Experience of 5-7 Year Managerial Employees Who Participated in an Employee Identity Network. 2015;

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
Feeney K. QUICK BITE: Garwood; An Argument for a Pie Safe. New York Times. 2005;14NJ19.

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 Societatis Botanicorum Poloniae
AbbreviationActa Soc. Bot. Pol. Pol. Tow. Bot.
ISSN (print)0001-6977
ISSN (online)2083-9480
ScopePlant Science

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