American Chemical Society (ACS) Citation Style

Examples for:

1. Journal Articles
2. Electronic (only) Journals
3. Electronic Version of Print Journal
4. Book
5. Patents
6. MSDS
7. World Wide Web

JOURNAL ARTICLE

The form is:

Author's last name comma first initial period space Title of article with no quotations period space abbreviation for journal title italicized (period only if journal title ends with abbreviation) space year bolded comma space volume number italicized comma space pages period.

The title of the article is desirable for locating the article but may be omitted by some journals.

If there are multiple authors, the authors are separated by a semi-colon.

For the ACS journal Biochemistry , use its “Instructions to Authors.” To find “Instruction to Authors” go to http://paragon.acs.org/paragon and under Author Checklist in the middle of the page select Read Author Information. Under Journal-Specific Information select Biochemistry from the pop up menu and then select Guidelines for Authors.

EXAMPLE:
Jenkins, T.; Mott, L. Ion Exchange Resins Used in Nuclear Waste Disposal. Environ. Sci. Technol. 1999, 86, 122-134.

Journal abbreviations can be found in the Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index (CASSI). One word journal names are not abbreviated.

In journals published by the American Chemical Society, capitalization of words in the article title follows that of the original publication. In other publications the main words are capitalized.

For journals in which each issue begins with page 1, include issue information (either the issue number or the date) in parenthesis following the volume number.

For online journals, the notation [Online], Online in brackets, follows the Journal Abbreviation.

ELECTRONIC (only) JOURNALS

Author's last name comma first initial period space Title of article with no quotations period space abbreviation for journal title italicized (period only if journal title ends with abbreviation) space left bracket Online right bracket space year bolded comma space volume number italicized comma space article number or other description period URL space accessed date in parenthesis period.

EXAMPLE:
Martin, J.W.; Lowe, H. N. Online Journal Usage by Chemists. J. Theor. Chem. [Online] 2005, 12, Article Archive. http://www.jtc.com/122005.pdf (accessed Oct 23, 2004).

ELECTRONIC VERSION OF PRINT JOURNAL

EXAMPLE:
Patel, N.A.; Swope, C. Femtochemistry in Nanoseconds. J. Phys. Chem. A [Online] 2001. 92, 1038-1050. http://pubs.acs.org/2001/jpca/jpca921038.pdf (accessed Oct 23, 2006).

BOOK:

The form is:

Author's last name comma space first initial period space second initial period space Title of Book Italicized and First Letter of Significant Words Capitalized semi-colon space Publisher colon space Place of Publication comma space year semi-colon space p or pp number period.

EXAMPLE:
Howard, B. K.; Cotton, O. Carbon Quality in Coal Strata; Wiley & Sons: New York, 1999; p 60.

If citing an authored chapter in an edited book in a specific edition:

EXAMPLE:
Patel, J.; Dillard, M. Relativistic Effects in Chemistry. In Computational Chemistry, 2nd ed.; Lutz, L., Chu, S. W., Eds.; Academic: New York, 2000; pp 76-96.

PATENTS:

The form is:

Author's last name comma space first initial period space second initial period space Patent Title with Significant Words Capitalized period space Patent number comma date period.

EXAMPLE :
Cramm, N.T., A Device to Simplify the Conversion of Bibliographic Information into Citation Format. U.S. Patent 7,005,423, Sep 13, 2005.

MSDS:

The form for print is:

Title in Italics with Significant Words Capitalized semi-colon MSDS number semi-colon Company colon space location comma date period.

EXAMPLE:
Formaldehyde; MSDS No. F4223; Baker & Taylor: Baltimore, MD, Dec 12, 1999.

The form for electronic version found on Internet is:

Title in Italics with Significant Words Capitalized semi-colon MSDS number left bracket Online right bracket semi-colon Company colon space location comma date period space URL space accessed date in parenthesis period.

EXAMPLE:
Formaldehyde ; MSDS No. F4223 [Online]; Baker & Taylor: Baltimore , MD , Dec 12, 1999. http://www.bnt.com/formaldehyde.htm (accessed Mar 23, 2006).

WORLD WIDE WEB

The form is:

Author (if any) period space Title of Site period space URL space (accessed date) comma space other identifying information, if necessary period.

EXAMPLE:
CAS Home Page. http://www.cas.org (accessed Oct 23, 2002).

For a subscription only web site, the URL need not be given.

EXAMPLE:
Medline. (1997-2000) database, (accessed Sep 27, 2002).
SciFinder Scholar. database, (accessed Sep 27, 2000).

These examples are based upon :

  • ACS Style Guide:Effective Communication of Scientific Information, 3rd. ed.;Coghill, A.M.; Garson, L.R., Eds.; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2006.

  • A suggested format on the webpage of the Chemistry Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison follows: http://chemistry.library.wisc.edu/instruction/acstyle.htm

  • MSDS obtained from a database source such as CCOHS:
    Titanium Dioxide; MSDS No. T3627; Mallinckrodt Baker: Phillipsburg , NJ , November 12, 2003. Available from Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. http://ccinfoweb2.ccohs.ca/msds/Action.lasso?-database=msds&-layout=Display&-response=detail.html&-op=eq&MSDS+RECORD+NUMBER=3767394&-search (accessed Apr 14, 2005).

 

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