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
Elitzur, M.: Astronomy. Masers in the sky. Science. 309, 71 (2005).
A journal article with 2 authors
Johansson, M.E.V., Hansson, G.C.: Microbiology. Keeping bacteria at a distance. Science. 334, 182 (2011).
A journal article with 3 authors
Lavine, M., Szuromi, P., Coontz, R.: Materials for grid energy. Electricity now and when. Introduction. Science. 334, 921 (2011).
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Chakrabarty, D., Morgan, E.H., Muno, M.P., Galloway, D.K., Wijnands, R., Van Der Klis, M., Markwardt, C.B.: Nuclear-powered millisecond pulsars and the maximum spin frequency of neutron stars. Nature. 424, 42 (2003).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bachmann, H., Steinle, A., Hahn, V.: Bauen mit Betonfertigteilen im Hochbau. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany 2010, p.
An edited book
Bernhaupt, R., Forbrig, P., Gulliksen, J., Lárusdóttir, M. eds: Human-Centred Software Engineering: Third International Conference, HCSE 2010, Reykjavik, Iceland, October 14-15, 2010. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg 2010, p. X, 223 p. 90 illus.
A chapter in an edited book
He, Y.: Genome-Based Computational Vaccine Discovery by Reverse Vaccinology. In: Immunomic Discovery of Adjuvants and Candidate Subunit Vaccines. Springer, New York, NY (Flower, D.R. and Perrie, Y., eds.) (2013).

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.: New Evidence Narrows Gap Between Modern Humans And Hobbits,


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: Air Force ADP: Depot Maintenance System Development Risks Are High. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 1990, p.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Hendricks, E.D.: Teaching teachers: A study of teacher educators’ perceptions of the effect of meeting mandated NCATE standards, (2010).

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
de la MERCED, M.J.: In Rare Move, K.K.R. Picks Possible Heirs To Founders, (2017).

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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