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The ACS style is a set of standards for writing documents relating to chemistry, including a standard method of citation in academic publications, developed by the American Chemical Society (ACS). The printed versions of the ACS style manual are entitled ACS Style Guide: Effective Communication of Scientific Information, 3rd ed. (2006), edited by Anne M. Coghill and Lorrin R. Garson, and ACS Style Guide: A Manual for Authors and Editors (1997).
Titles of journals are abbreviated; e.g.:
- J. Am. Chem. Soc. – Journal of the American Chemical Society
- J. Phys. Chem. – Journal of Physical Chemistry
- J. Phys. Chem. A – Journal of Physical Chemistry (A, B, or C)
- J. Org. Chem. – Journal of Organic Chemistry
- Org. Lett. – Organic Letters
- Phys. Rev. Lett. – Physical Review Letters
- Tetrahedron – Tetrahedron
- Tetrahedron Lett. – Tetrahedron Letters
- Acc. Chem. Res. – Accounts of Chemical Research
- Article published in a journal
- Last Name, First Initial.; Last Name, First Initial. "Title". Journal, Year, Volume (issue), Pages.
- Example of a journal citation
Deno, N. C.; Richey, H. G.; Liu, J. S.; Lincoln, D. N.; Turner, J. O. "Carbonium Ions. XIX. The Intense Conjugation in Cyclopropyl Carbonium Ions". J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1965, 87 (20), 4533-4538.
The gray texts are optional.
- Anne M. Coghill (Editor), Lorrin R. Garson (Editor). The ACS Style Guide: Effective Communication of Scientific Information. 3rd ed. American Chemical Society, 2006. doi:10.1021/bk-2006-STYG. ISBN 9780841239999.