How to format your references using the Radiochimica Acta citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Radiochimica 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
Griffith, C.A.: Solar system: Not just a storm in a teacup. Nature. 514, 40 (2014).
A journal article with 2 authors
Møller-Jensen, J., Gerdes, K.: Microbiology. Dynamic instability of a bacterial engine. Science. 306, 987 (2004).
A journal article with 3 authors
Pellizzoni, L., Yong, J., Dreyfuss, G.: Essential role for the SMN complex in the specificity of snRNP assembly. Science. 298, 1775 (2002).
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Liu, X., Wang, W., Li, H., Li, L., Zhou, G., Yu, R., Wang, D., Li, Y.: One-pot protocol for bimetallic Pt/Cu hexapod concave nanocrystals with enhanced electrocatalytic activity. Sci. Rep. 3, 1404 (2013).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Morris, S.A.: Food and Package Engineering. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK 2011, p.
An edited book
Anderson, J.G., Aydin, C.E. eds: Evaluating the Organizational Impact of Healthcare Information Systems. Springer, New York, NY 2005, p. XVI, 346 p. 25 illus.
A chapter in an edited book
Pilon-Smits, E.A.H.: Selenium in Plants. In: Progress in Botany: Vol. 76. Springer International Publishing, Cham (Lüttge, U. and Beyschlag, W., eds.) (2015).

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 Radiochimica Acta.

Blog post
Luntz, S.: Nike Set To Release Self-Lacing ‘Back To The Future’ Shoes,


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: Does DOD Need a Dedicated System of High Altitude Satellites To Meet Its Strategic Communications Requirements for the Next Decade? U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 1980, p.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Sanghvi, A.M.: Characterization of algal biomeal for applications in food, (2009).

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
Walsh, M.W.: State Bonds In Jeopardy As Tobacco Cash Fades, (2012).

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 titleRadiochimica Acta
AbbreviationRadiochim. Acta
ISSN (print)0033-8230
ISSN (online)2193-3405
ScopePhysical and Theoretical Chemistry

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