How to format your references using the Microchimica Acta citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Microchimica 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
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Schreiner PR (2010) Chemistry. Cooperativity tames reactive catalysts. Science 327:965–966
A journal article with 2 authors
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Feizi A, Bordel S (2013) Metabolic and protein interaction sub-networks controlling the proliferation rate of cancer cells and their impact on patient survival. Sci Rep 3:3041
A journal article with 3 authors
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Bishop JKB, Davis RE, Sherman JT (2002) Robotic observations of dust storm enhancement of carbon biomass in the North Pacific. Science 298:817–821
A journal article with 5 or more authors
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Kawakatsu H, Kumar P, Takei Y, et al (2009) Seismic evidence for sharp lithosphere-asthenosphere boundaries of oceanic plates. Science 324:499–502

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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Hendrick J (2010) Law and Ethics in Children’s Nursing. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK
An edited book
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Varelas P (2010) Seizures in Critical Care: A Guide to Diagnosis and Therapeutics. Humana Press, Totowa, NJ
A chapter in an edited book
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Iyer KM (2013) The Elbow Joint. In: Iyer KM (ed) Trauma Management in Orthopedics. Springer, London, pp 27–37

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 Microchimica Acta.

Blog post
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Andrews R (2016) Two New Horned Dinosaur Discoveries Reveal A Striking Evolutionary Divide. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 2018

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 (2007) DOD’s High-Risk Areas: Efforts to Improve Supply Chain Can Be Enhanced by Linkage to Outcomes, Progress in Transforming Business Operations, and Reexamination of Logistics Governance and Strategy. 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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Wylie RW (2017) Response to Intervention: A Study of Intervention Programs in Rural Secondary Schools. Doctoral dissertation, Lindenwood University

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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Wagner J (2017) Twins Deal Sends Colon To Minors. New York Times D3

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 titleMicrochimica Acta
AbbreviationMikrochim. Acta
ISSN (print)0026-3672
ISSN (online)1436-5073
ScopeAnalytical Chemistry

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