A typical ACS journal citation follows the following basic style:
Bunnett, J. F.; Kearley, F. J., Jr.; J. Org. Chem., 1971, 36, 184-186.
- The authors are listed last name, first initial(s).
- The journal is italicized and listed in abbreviated form (more about that below).
- The year is listed in bold font.
- The journal volume is listed in italicized font.
- The starting and ending pages are listed separated by a hyphen.
Sometimes you will see the title given between the author names and the journal abbreviation, but usually not. This is because titles can be very long and include non-standard symbols or fonts. See Chapter 14 of the ACS Style Guide for more information.