How to format your references using the Electrochimica Acta citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Electrochimica 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.
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
L. Anson, Membrane protein biophysics, Nature. 459 (2009) 343.
A journal article with 2 authors
U. Silphaduang, E.J. Noga, Peptide antibiotics in mast cells of fish, Nature. 414 (2001) 268–269.
A journal article with 3 authors
E.-M. Laine, H.-P. Breuer, J. Piilo, Nonlocal memory effects allow perfect teleportation with mixed states, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 4620.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
T. Shinoda, H. Ogawa, F. Cornelius, C. Toyoshima, Crystal structure of the sodium-potassium pump at 2.4 A resolution, Nature. 459 (2009) 446–450.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
M. Molloy, W. Larner, Fashioning Globalisation, John Wiley & Sons, Oxford, 2013.
An edited book
J.P. Müller, M. Weyrich, A.L.C. Bazzan, eds., Multiagent System Technologies: 12th German Conference, MATES 2014, Stuttgart, Germany, September 23-25, 2014. Proceedings, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
D.L. Carlson, J. Albright, The Proliferation of Assessment, in: D.L. Carlson, J. Albright (Eds.), Composing a Care of the Self: A Critical History of Writing Assessment in Secondary English Education, SensePublishers, Rotterdam, 2012: pp. 101–122.

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 Electrochimica Acta.

Blog post
K. Hamilton, Copper Is Great At Killing Superbugs – So Why Don’t Hospitals Use It?, IFLScience. (2017). (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, Strategic Sourcing: Opportunities Exist to Better Manage Information Technology Services Spending, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2015.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
M.C. Ashbran, Examining student learning in a physics pedagogical content knowledge course, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2011.

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. Barron, A Call to Action After Swastikas Are Carved Into a Church Door, New York Times. (2017) A17.

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 titleElectrochimica Acta
AbbreviationElectrochim. Acta
ISSN (print)0013-4686
ScopeGeneral Chemical Engineering

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