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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Analytica Chimica Acta: X. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
P. Webb, Science education and literacy: imperatives for the developed and developing world, Science. 328 (2010) 448–450.
A journal article with 2 authors
D.L. Rabosky, U. Sorhannus, Diversity dynamics of marine planktonic diatoms across the Cenozoic, Nature. 457 (2009) 183–186.
A journal article with 3 authors
J.T. Bruskotter, S.A. Enzler, A. Treves, Science and law. Rescuing wolves from politics: wildlife as a public trust resource, Science. 333 (2011) 1828–1829.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
V.P. Andreev, T. Head, N. Johnson, S.K. Deo, S. Daunert, P.J. Goldschmidt-Clermont, Discrete event simulation model of sudden cardiac death predicts high impact of preventive interventions, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 1771.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
I.R. Brenner, How to Survive a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, West Sussex, UK, 2010.
An edited book
M. Falk, Laws of Small Numbers: Extremes and Rare Events, Springer, Basel, 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
C. Illibauer, T. Ziebermayr, V. Geist, Towards Rigid Actor Assignment in Dynamic Workflows, in: M. Felderer, F. Piazolo, W. Ortner, L. Brehm, H.-J. Hof (Eds.), Innovations in Enterprise Information Systems Management and Engineering: 4th International Conference, ERP Future 2015 - Research, Munich, Germany, November 16-17, 2015, Revised Papers, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016: pp. 62–69.

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: X.

Blog post
J. Rivett, Stephen Hawking Has Another Dire Warning For Humanity, IFLScience. (2017).


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, Federal Communications Commission: Use of the 28 GHz and 31 GHz Bands for Local Multipoint Distribution Service, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1997.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
N.E. Gunhan-Senol, “I’m Turkish, I’m Honest...” I’m Autistic: Perceptions Regarding the Label of Autism, Doctoral dissertation, University of Louisiana, 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
L. Greenhouse, Justices Reject F.B.I. Translator’s Appeal on Termination, New York Times. (2005) A22.

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: X
ISSN (print)2590-1346

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