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
R.A. Kerr, PLANETARY SCIENCE: Most-Common Meteorites Find a Home Among the Asteroids, Science. 288 (2000) 1714–1715.
A journal article with 2 authors
E. Kiermaier, M. Sixt, IMMUNOLOGY. Fragmented communication between immune cells, Science. 349 (2015) 1055–1056.
A journal article with 3 authors
G.W. Rougier, A.M. Forasiepi, A.G. Martinelli, Comment on “Independent origins of middle ear bones in monotremes and therians” (II), Science. 309 (2005) 1492; author reply 1492.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
W. Li, X. Zhou, R. Lock, S. Patchkovskii, A. Stolow, H.C. Kapteyn, M.M. Murnane, Time-resolved dynamics in N2O4 probed using high harmonic generation, Science. 322 (2008) 1207–1211.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
G. Anichini, F. Carraro, P. Geslin, G. Guille-Escuret, Technicity vs Scientificity, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2017.
An edited book
J. Cámara, R. de Lemos, C. Ghezzi, A. Lopes, eds., Assurances for Self-Adaptive Systems: Principles, Models, and Techniques, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
C. Schwechheimer, M. Merkel, P.R. Bohländer, H.-A. Wagenknecht, Synthetic Wavelength-Shifting Fluorescent Probes of Nucleic Acids, in: K. Nakatani, Y. Tor (Eds.), Modified Nucleic Acids, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016: pp. 83–100.

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
K. Hamilton, Why Sad Songs Say So Much (To Some People, But Not Others), IFLScience. (2016). (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, Information Technology: DHS’s Human Capital Plan Is Largely Consistent with Relevant Guidance, but Improvements and Implementation Steps Are Still Needed, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2007.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
C. Samel, Imagination and negotiation: Motivations for Cambodian women to marry Cambodian American men, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2014.

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
J. Poniewozik, A Test From the Political Comedy Gods, New York Times. (2016) C1.

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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