How to format your references using the Acta Sociológica citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Acta Sociológica. 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
Polman, A. (2008). Applied physics. Plasmonics applied. Science (New York, N.Y.), 322(5903), 868–869.
A journal article with 2 authors
Stevens, R. C., & Wilson, I. A. (2001). Tech.Sight. Industrializing structural biology. Science (New York, N.Y.), 293(5529), 519–520.
A journal article with 3 authors
Webster, A. J., Payne, R. J. H., & Pagel, M. (2003). Molecular phylogenies link rates of evolution and speciation. Science (New York, N.Y.), 301(5632), 478.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Qin, N., Tan, X., Jiao, Y., Liu, L., Zhao, W., Yang, S., & Jia, A. (2014). RNA-Seq-based transcriptome analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus biofilm inhibition by ursolic acid and resveratrol. Scientific Reports, 4, 5467.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
McGrath, A. E. (2011). Darwinism and the Divine. Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Schrage, N. (2011). Chemical Ocular Burns: New Understanding and Treatments (F. Burgher, J. Blomet, L. Bodson, M. Gerard, A. Hall, P. Josset, L. Mathieu, & H. Merle, Eds.). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Franch, X., Quer, C., Renault, S., Guerlain, C., & Palomares, C. (2013). Constructing and Using Software Requirement Patterns. In W. Maalej & A. K. Thurimella (Eds.), Managing Requirements Knowledge (pp. 95–116). Springer.

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 Sociológica.

Blog post
Davis, J. (2017, March 2). Researchers Create Artificial Mouse “Embryo” From Stem Cells. IFLScience; IFLScience.


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. (1994). Ready Reserve Force: Ship Readiness Has Improved, but Other Concerns Remain (NSIAD-95-24). 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
Olson, B. A. (2012). Problem Management: A System Engineering Management Framework [Doctoral dissertation]. George Washington University.

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. (2009, February 22). To Your Health. New York Times, NJ9.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Polman, 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Polman, 2008; Stevens & Wilson, 2001).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Stevens & Wilson, 2001)
  • Three authors: (Webster et al., 2003)
  • 6 or more authors: (Qin et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleActa Sociológica
ISSN (print)0186-6028

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