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Citing in the Sciences

Resources for citation styles used in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics courses.

Using the ACS Style Guide

The ACS Style Guide, from the American Chemical Society, is the most prevalent citation style for chemical publications.

The most up-to-date version, titled ACS Guide to Scholarly Communication of the is available online. There is also a print copy of The ACS Style Guide located in the Reference collection in the library.

You can also use the ACS Style Quick Guide for quick reference.

The boxes below outline how to format particular types of references in ACS format. Example citations on this page are taken from The ACS Style Guide.

How to Format Journal Articles on Your ACS Reference List

Reference List—Journal Articles


Author, A. A; Author, B. B; Author, C. C. Title of Article. Journal Abbreviation, [Online if online] YearVolume, Pagination. Web address.

  • Borman, S. Protein Sequencing For The Masses. Chem. Eng. News 200482 (28), 22-23.
  • Slunt, K. M.; Giancarlo, L. C. Student-Centered Learning: A Comparison of Two Different Methods of Instruction. J. Chem. Educ, 2004 81, 985-988.



Journal name and volume number are in italics, the year is bolded.


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