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ACS Citation Style

ACS citation style is outlined in The ACS Guide to Scholarly Communication, 2020. Or, refer to the ACS Guide's Section 4.3.3 ACS Style Quick Guide  on the Web.

When citing journals in ACS style, you must use the journal abbreviation. You can find these from CASSI (Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index) or the database of Journal Citation Reports.

Below are some examples. Check the ACS Style Quick Guide for more details. 


Author 1; Author 2; Author 3; etc. Book Title, Edition Number; Publisher: Place of Publication, Year; Volume Number, Pagination.

Harding, C.; Janes, R.; Johnson, D. Elements of the P Block. Royal Society of Chemistry: Cambridge, 2002.

Journal article

Author 1; Author 2; Author 3. Title of Article. Journal Abbreviation Year, Volume, Inclusive pagination. DOI.

Rupar, P.; Staroverov, V.; Ragogna, P.; Baines, K. A Germanium-III Centred Dication. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2007, 129, 15138-15139. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ja0775725.


Author (if any). Title of site. URL (accessed Year-Month-Day).

NIST Chemistry WebBook. http://webbook.nist.gov/ (accessed 2008-12-18).