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
Lawler, A.: NATIONAL SECURITY: Relief, Rebukes Follow Agreement on Lee. Science. 289, 1851 (2000).
A journal article with 2 authors
Olszewski, T.D., Erwin, D.H.: Dynamic response of Permian brachiopod communities to long-term environmental change. Nature. 428, 738 (2004).
A journal article with 3 authors
Colón-Ramos, D.A., Margeta, M.A., Shen, K.: Glia promote local synaptogenesis through UNC-6 (netrin) signaling in C. elegans. Science. 318, 103 (2007).
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Thornalley, D.J.R., Oppo, D.W., Ortega, P., Robson, J.I., Brierley, C.M., Davis, R., Hall, I.R., Moffa-Sanchez, P., Rose, N.L., Spooner, P.T., Yashayaev, I., Keigwin, L.D.: Anomalously weak Labrador Sea convection and Atlantic overturning during the past 150 years. Nature. 556, 227 (2018).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Young, S.D.: Psychology at the Movies. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK 2012, p.
An edited book
Antoniou, G., Grobelnik, M., Simperl, E., Parsia, B., Plexousakis, D., Leenheer, P.D., Pan, J. eds: The Semanic Web: Research and Applications: 8th Extended Semantic Web Conference, ESWC 2011, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, May 29 – June 2, 2011, Proceedings, Part II. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg 2011, p. XXIV, 520 p. 165 illus., 105 illus. in color.
A chapter in an edited book
Zhang, K., Shen, X.: Privacy-Preserving Health Data Processing. In: Security and Privacy for Mobile Healthcare Networks. Springer International Publishing, Cham (Shen, X. (sherman), ed.) (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
Andrew, E.: Ten Years On, Invisibility Cloaks Are Close To Becoming A Manufacturable Reality,


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: Gallaudet College and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 1985, p.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
San Miguel, A.M.: Lived experiences and perceptions on mentoring among Latina scientists and engineers, (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
Qiu, L.: On Spectrum of Extremism, Far Left Takes Relatively Little Space, (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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