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Sample Reference in ACS Format
ACS Citation Style
The American Chemical Society (ACS) citation style is used for academic papers written in the field of chemistry.
ACS Sample Reference List
The Murdoch Library has a sample reference list in ACS format for review.
ACS Reference Pages
The University of Concordia has created a good overview on how to prepare your reference papges in ACS format.
When writing in-text citations in ACS Format, please consider the following example as a guide:
References in the text should be cited in one of three ways:
- by an italic number
- or by superscript number
- or by author name and date
References should be numbered sequentially. If a reference is cited more than once, it does not receive a new number. If citing more than one reference at a time, include reference numbers in increasing order separated by commas.
Italic Number Example: …preparing N-(p-nitroaryl)amides (2).
Author Name and Date Example: …preparing N-(p-nitroaryl)amides (Stern and Cheng, 1995).
ACS Citation Style Tools
ACS Citation Style Guide
Chapter 14 of the ACS Citation Guide outlines the citation format to use in ACS papers.
CASSI Abreviations for ACS Journals
The official titles, abbreviations, and codensfor ACS journals are listed below. Bibliographic details for publications from ACS and other publishers are available in CASSI (Chemical Abstracts ServiceSource Index), published by the ACS’ Chemical Abstracts Service.