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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Perkins K (2014) For the love of ferns. Science 346:1586
A journal article with 2 authors
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Kosten S, Lacerot G (2009) Life in science. It takes a village. Science 324:1265
A journal article with 3 authors
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Aguzzi A, Barres BA, Bennett ML (2013) Microglia: scapegoat, saboteur, or something else? Science 339:156–161
A journal article with 5 or more authors
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Isalan M, Lemerle C, Michalodimitrakis K, et al (2008) Evolvability and hierarchy in rewired bacterial gene networks. Nature 452:840–845

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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Shick PL (2007) Topology. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
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Nguyen NT, Le MT, Świątek J (2010) Intelligent Information and Database Systems: Second International Conference, ACIIDS, Hue City, Vietnam, March 24-26, 2010. Proceedings, Part II. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
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Cogburn J (2012) Moore’s Paradox as an Argument Against Anti-realism. In: Rahman S, Primiero G, Marion M (eds) The Realism-Antirealism Debate in the Age of Alternative Logics. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp 69–84

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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Andrew E (2014) You Could Be Flying In A Windowless Plane Within A Decade. 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 (2006) Postsecondary Education: Multiple Tax Preferences and Title IV Student Aid Programs Create a Complex Education Financing Environment. 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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Robinson LM (2001) Using Time-Resolved Photoluminescence Spectroscopy to Examine Exciton Dynamics in II-VI Semiconductor Nanostructures. Doctoral dissertation, University of Cincinnati

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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Kishkovsky S (2005) Life Is Hard in Russia, And the Beds Are, Too. New York Times D4

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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