How to format your references using the Analytica Chimica Acta citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Analytica Chimica Acta. 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
B. Berry, Teacherpreneurs: a bold brand of teacher leadership for 21st-century teaching and learning, Science. 340 (2013) 309–310.
A journal article with 2 authors
J.-H. Jiang, S. John, Photonic architectures for equilibrium high-temperature Bose-Einstein condensation in dichalcogenide monolayers, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 7432.
A journal article with 3 authors
B. Corominas-Murtra, J. Fortuny, R.V. Solé, Towards a mathematical theory of meaningful communication, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 4587.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
S. Moyà-Solà, M. Köhler, D.M. Alba, I. Casanovas-Vilar, J. Galindo, Pierolapithecus catalaunicus, a new Middle Miocene great ape from Spain, Science. 306 (2004) 1339–1344.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
L.A. Pagliaro, A.M. Pagliaro, Handbook of Child and Adolescent Drug and Substance Abuse, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2011.
An edited book
M. Karin, ed., NF-kB in Health and Disease, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
F. Snik, C.U. Keller, Astronomical Polarimetry: Polarized Views of Stars and Planets, in: T.D. Oswalt, H.E. Bond (Eds.), Planets, Stars and Stellar Systems: Volume 2: Astronomical Techniques, Software, and Data, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2013: pp. 175–221.

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 Analytica Chimica Acta.

Blog post
E. Andrew, What Is The Speed Of Dark?, IFLScience. (2014). (accessed October 30, 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
Government Accountability Office, Airline Competition: DOT’s Implementation of Airline Regulatory Authority, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1989.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
T.M. Murray, A grounded theory of U.S. Army installation realignment and closure leadership characteristics, Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix, 2008.

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
B. Rothenberg, Inside the Royal Box: Athletes, Actors and Aristocrats, New York Times. (2017) D5.

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 titleAnalytica Chimica Acta
AbbreviationAnal. Chim. Acta
ISSN (print)0003-2670
Analytical Chemistry
Environmental Chemistry

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