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
J. Cartwright, Stranger than fiction, Nature. 412 (2001) 683.
A journal article with 2 authors
P.L. deHaseth, T.W. Nilsen, Molecular biology. When a part is as good as the whole, Science. 303 (2004) 1307–1308.
A journal article with 3 authors
G. Körtner, R.M. Brigham, F. Geiser, Winter torpor in a large bird, Nature. 407 (2000) 318.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
C.M. Morel, J.R. Carvalheiro, C.N.P. Romero, E.A. Costa, P.M. Buss, The road to recovery, Nature. 449 (2007) 180–182.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
S.L. Horstmeyer, The Weather Almanac, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2011.
An edited book
M.S. Ritsner, ed., Polypharmacy in Psychiatry Practice, Volume I: Multiple Medication Use Strategies, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
J. Hu, Z. Wang, H. Gao, Probability-Guaranteed $$H_\infty $$ H ∞ Finite-Horizon Filtering with Sensor Saturations, in: Z. Wang, H. Gao (Eds.), Nonlinear Stochastic Systems with Network-Induced Phenomena: Recursive Filtering and Sliding-Mode Design, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015: pp. 101–118.

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. Fang, Unlike Darwin’s Finches, Raptor Beaks Come In One Shape, 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, Higher Education: Improved Tax Information Could Help Pay for College, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2012.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
V.J. Whitesides, The Large Ensemble/European Classical Music Paradigm and African American-Originated Dance-Musicking: A Dispositival Analysis of U.S. Secondary Music Education, Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, 2017.

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
M.J.O. Murphy, Pork Belly, Yes; Popovers, No, New York Times. (2013) LI9.

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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