How to format your references using the Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (AAC). 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
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Vespignani A. 2009. Predicting the behavior of techno-social systems. Science 325:425–428.
A journal article with 2 authors
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Tsuchiya T, Eulgem T. 2013. Mutations in EDM2 selectively affect silencing states of transposons and induce plant developmental plasticity. Sci Rep 3:1701.
A journal article with 3 authors
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Froemke RC, Poo M-M, Dan Y. 2005. Spike-timing-dependent synaptic plasticity depends on dendritic location. Nature 434:221–225.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
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Quintana FJ, Basso AS, Iglesias AH, Korn T, Farez MF, Bettelli E, Caccamo M, Oukka M, Weiner HL. 2008. Control of T(reg) and T(H)17 cell differentiation by the aryl hydrocarbon receptor. Nature 453:65–71.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
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Placzek D, Bielecki R, Messing M, Schwarzer F Tunnel. 2016. Zielgenau bis ans Ende des Tunnels. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany.
An edited book
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2014. Carbon-Ion Radiotherapy: Principles, Practices, and Treatment Planning. Springer Japan, Tokyo.
A chapter in an edited book
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Napoli G, Giuffrida S, Trovato MR. 2016. Fair Planning and Affordability Housing in Urban Policy. The Case of Syracuse (Italy), p. 46–62. In Gervasi, O, Murgante, B, Misra, S, Rocha, AMAC, Torre, CM, Taniar, D, Apduhan, BO, Stankova, E, Wang, S (eds.), Computational Science and Its Applications -- ICCSA 2016: 16th International Conference, Beijing, China, July 4-7, 2016, Proceedings, Part IV. Springer International Publishing, Cham.

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 Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.

Blog post
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Fang J. 2014. Pair of Supermassive Black Holes Spotted. IFLScience. IFLScience.

Reports

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
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Government Accountability Office. 1980. Comments on H.R. 6228. 112145. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
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Norris C. 2014. What is Lost Along the Way. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
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MacFARQUHAR N. 2016. Putin Tightens His Grip on Russia’s Parliament With an Election Rout. New York Times.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in parentheses:

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 titleAntimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
AbbreviationAntimicrob. Agents Chemother.
ISSN (print)0066-4804
ISSN (online)1098-6596
ScopeInfectious Diseases
Pharmacology (medical)
Pharmacology

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