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How to Cite Your Sources

A guide to some of the citation styles

ACS Style Quick Guide

American Chemical Society (ACS) Scholarly Communication Guide

Formerly the ACS Style Guide, the new ACS Guide to Scholarly Communication began January 2020 and offers regular updates.

Typical ACS Journal Citation

A typical ACS journal citation follows the following basic style:

Bunnett, J. F.; Kearley, F. J., Jr.; J. Org. Chem.197136, 184-186.

  1. The authors are listed last name, first initial(s).
  2. The journal is italicized and listed in abbreviated form (more about that below).
  3. The year is listed in bold font.
  4. The journal volume is listed in italicized font.
  5. The starting and ending pages are listed separated by a hyphen.

Sometimes you will see the article 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.

Journal Abbreviations

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