How to format your references using the Rheologica Acta citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Rheologica 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Faigman DL (2002) Science and the law. Is science different for lawyers? Science 297:339–340
A journal article with 2 authors
Dimond A, Fraser P (2013) Molecular biology. Long noncoding RNAs Xist in three dimensions. Science 341:720–721
A journal article with 3 authors
Turner GC, Du F, Varshavsky A (2000) Peptides accelerate their uptake by activating a ubiquitin-dependent proteolytic pathway. Nature 405:579–583
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Niu H, Chung W-H, Zhu Z, et al (2010) Mechanism of the ATP-dependent DNA end-resection machinery from Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Nature 467:108–111

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Minei I, Lucek J (2006) MPLS-Enabled Applications. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Al-Rubeai M, Naciri M (eds) (2014) Stem Cells and Cell Therapy. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
A chapter in an edited book
Faltings G (2012) The Motivic Logarithm for Curves. In: Stix J (ed) The Arithmetic of Fundamental Groups: PIA 2010. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 107–125

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 Rheologica Acta.

Blog post
Davis J (2016) New Pathogen Discovered In Africa Causes Anthrax-Like Disease. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 2018


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 (1977) Comments on the Proposed “Uniform Federal Research and Development Utilization Act of 1977.” 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
Detweiler KR (2012) Exploring Discursive Interaction, Habitus, and Dynamic Co-emergence Among an Agency Leader and Congressional Oversight Committee: A Case Study of Languaging in Practice. Doctoral dissertation, George Washington 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
Yablonsky L (2008) The Hebrew School. New York Times M280

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Faigman 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Faigman 2002; Dimond and Fraser 2013).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Dimond and Fraser 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Niu et al. 2010)

About the journal

Full journal titleRheologica Acta
AbbreviationRheol. Acta
ISSN (print)0035-4511
ISSN (online)1435-1528
ScopeGeneral Materials Science
Condensed Matter Physics

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