ACS Style Guide
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Citing References in TextReferences may be indicated in one of three ways:
By superscript numbers:
Oscillation in the reaction of benzaldehyde with oxygen was reported previously.1
By italic numbers on the line and in parentheses:
The mineralization of TCE by a pure culture of a methane-oxidizing organism has been reported (2).
By author name and year of publication in parentheses:
The primary structure of this enzyme has also been determined (Finnegan et al., 1996).
Literature Cited Examples
References should be collected in a numerical list (for numbered citations) or an alphabetical list (for author-date citations) titled Literature Cited at the end of the paper.
Do not include items that were not cited in the paper.
Use full journal titles or abbreviated journal titles from the Chemical Abstracts Service source index (CASSI).
Journal article titles, book chapter titles and thesis or dissertation titles are not necessary, but are desirable.
Single-space all entries and between entries.
Hill, M.; Fott, P. Kinetics of gasification of Czech brown coals. Fuel 1993, 72, 525-529.
References to Chemical Abstracts
Tamura, T.; Sakaedmani, N.; Matsumoto, T. Isolation of Dihydrositosterol Ferulate from Corngerm Oil. Nippon Kagaku Zasshi 1958, 79, 1011-1014; Chem. Abstr. 1960, 54, 24857m.
Non-scientific Magazines & Newspapers
Suplee, Curt. Infinitesimal Carbon Structures May Hold Gigantic Potential. The Washington Post, Dec 2, 1996, p A3.
Book with Editors - including Handbooks and Encyclopedias
Bioorganic Chemistry: Nucleic Acids; Hecht, S. M., Ed. Oxford University Press: New York, 1996.
CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics 59th ed.; Weast, R. C., Ed. CRC Press: Boca Raton, FL, 1978; p E39-41.
Almlof, J.; Gropen, O. Relativistic Effects in Chemistry. In Reviews in Computational Chemistry; Lipkowitz, K. B., Boyd, D. B., VCH: New York, 1996; Vol. 8, pp 206-210.
Eyring, E. M. Chemical Dynamics. In McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology 8th ed. McGraw-Hill: New York, 1997; Vol. 3, pp 553-560.
Books without editors
Bersuker, I. B. Electronics Structure and Properties of Transition Metal Compounds: Introduction to the Theory; Wiley & Sons: New York, 1996; Chapter 6.
Theses or Dissertations
Chandrakanth, J. S. Effects of Ozone on the Colloidal Stabillity of Particles Coated with Natural Organic Matter. PhD. Dissertation, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 1994.
Gordon, A. Z.; Rossof, A. H. Methods for Treating Leukopenia with Tertiary Amines or Quarternary Ammonium Salts. U.S. Patent 5,466,509, 1987.
Fritzberg, A. R. Metal Radionuclide Labeled Proteins for Diagnosis and Therapy. Eur. Pat. Appl. 188256, Jan 13, 1986.
Technical Reports and Bulletins
ACS does not specifically cover MSDS, but they can be considered technical reports
Schneider, A. B. Expert Systems in Analytical Chemistry; Technical Report No. 1234-56; ABC Co.: New York, 1985.
Titanium Dioxide; MSDS No. T3627; Mallinckrodt-Baker: Phillipsburg, NJ, 2003.
Sherma, J.; Beroza, M. Manual of Analytical Quality Control for Pesticides and Related Compounds; EPA-600/1-79/008; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1979.
ELECTRONIC OR INTERNET SOURCES
ChemExper Home Page. http://chemexper.com/ (accessed Feb 2006).
Include other identifying information (database name, date accessed) after the page numbers.
Craw, J. S.; Hinchliffe, A. Quadruplet Polarizabilites of Alkali-halide Clusters. Electron. J. Theor. Chem. [Online] 1995, 1, 8-10.
Yeung, E. S.; Dynamics of Single Biomolecules in Free Solution. Annu. Rev. Phys. Chem. [Online] 2004, 55, 97-C-2. Available from Academic Search Premier http://search.epnet. com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&an= 14393556 (accessed Feb 2006).
Examples taken / modified from:
The ACS Style Guide, 2nd ed.; Dodd, J. S., Ed. American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 1997.