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Chemistry: ACS Citation

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ACS Style Guide

The most current ACS Style guide is freely available online.

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ACS Citation Style

The American Chemical Society (ACS) citation style is used for academic papers written in the field of chemistry.

Please note that citation styles encompass not only how sources are cited but also how the paper is formatted.

American Chemical Society Style GuideChapter 14 in the ACS style guide covers in text and full reference citation style

Journal Abbreviations

ACS citation style requires journal abbreviations.  Use the CAS Source Index to find the appropriate journal abbreviation.

Reference Examples

Basic Format

Author 1; Author 2; Author 3; etc. Article Title. Journal Abbreviation Year, Volume, Inclusive Pagination.


Evans, D. A.; Fitch, D. M.; Smith, T. E.; Cee, V. J. Application of Complex Aldol Reactions to the Total Synthesis of Phorboxazole B. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2000, 122, 10033-10046

Basic Format

Author 1. Article Title. Publication Name, Date Accessed, pagination.


Manning, R. Super Organics. Wired, May 2004, pp 176-181.

Basic Format

Author 1; Author 2; etc. Title of Article. Abbreviation of Journal Title. [Online] Year, Volume Number, Article Number. URL (Accessed date Month Day, Year).


Martin, J.W.; Lowe, H. N. Online Journal Usage by Chemists. J. Theor. Chem. [Online] 2005, 12, Article Archive. (accessed Oct 23, 2004).

ACS Citation Creators

Please note that while citation creators can be helpful and time-saving, they are nevertheless unreliable: Check your citations for correct formatting with one of the ACS citation guides listed above.

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