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ACS Style Guide American Chemical Society: Reference List Examples

Book - Print

Please refer to The ACS Style Guide: Effective Communication of Scientific Information, pages 290 to 327 for more examples. Reference Desk REF QD 8.5 .25 2006.

  Book – Print

 Recommend format:

Author 1.; Author 2.; Author 3.; etc. Book Title; Publisher: Place of Publication, Year of Publication;

Alberty, R. A. Thermodynamics of Biochemical Reaction; Wiley-Interscience : Hoboken, NJ , 2003

Chapter of Book

Recommended format:

Author 1.; Author 2. Chapter Title. In Book Title, Editor(s); Publisher: Place of Publication, Year of Publication; Volume Number, Pages.


Stuart, A. R.; Gbalint-Kurti, G. Wavepacket Theory of Photodissociation and Reactive Scattering. In Advances in Chemical Physics; Rice, S. A. Ed.; Wiley: New York, NY, 2004; Vol. 128, pp  257-260.

Book in a Series

Recommended format:

Title of Entry; Editors; Title of Series Volume, Publisher: Place of Publication, Year of Publication.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Chemistry, Nutrition, and Health Effects; Shahidi, F., Finley, J. W., Eds.; ACS Symposium Series 788; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2001.

Entry from a Reference Book

 Recommended format:

Title of Entry. Title of Reference Book, Edition; Publisher: Place of Publication, Year of Publication, Volume, Page(s).

 Powder Metallurgy. Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology, 3rd ed.; Wiley: New York, 1982; Vol. 19, pp 28-62.

Journal Article - Paper

Recommended format:

Author 1; Author 2. Title of Article. Journal Title abbreviatedYear, Volume, Inclusive Pagination.

Pestana, S.; Moreira, M.; Olej, B. Safety of ingestion of yellow tartrazine by double-blind placebo controlled challenge in 26 atopicadults. Allergol Immunopathol2010, 38, 142-146.

Note: One word journal titles are not abbreviated. No punctuation is added to the end  of this field; but a journal title that is abbreviated ends with a period.

Article in a Popular/Non-scientific Magazine

Recommended format:

Author.  Title of Article. Title of Magazine, Date, pages.

Manning, R. Super Organics. Wired, May 2004, pp 176-181.

Journal Article – Retrieved Online Based on the Print Edition

Recommended format:

Author 1; Author 2. Title of Article. Journal Title abbreviated. [Online] Year, Volume, inclusive pagination. Permalink (access date).

Hooker, P.; Deutschman, W. A.; Avery, B. J. The Biology and Chemistry of Brewing: an Interdisciplinary Course.  J. Chem. Edu. [Online] 2014, 91, 336-339. (accessed Mar 24, 2014).

Article – Retrieved from a Database

Recommended format:

Author. Title of Article. Title of Magazine [Online] Date, Page number. Name of Database. URL (access date).

Begley, S. When Does Your Brain Stop Making New Neurons? Newsweek [Online] July 2, 2007, p 62. Expanded Academic Index. http:/ (accessed Aug 23, 2007).

Web Sites

Recommended format:

Author. Title of Site. URL (accessed Month Day, Year).

Laidlaw Facility at University of California – Davis.  Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. (accessed Mar 28, 2014).

Note: Different web browsers break the text in different places of a URL. In a printed work, if the URL needs to be broken at the end of a line, the break should be made after a colon or a double slash; before a single slash, a tilde, a period, a comma, a hyphen, an underline, a question mark, a number sign, or a percent symbol; or before or after an equals sign or an ampersand.

Material Safety Data Sheets

recommended Format:

Title; MSDS Number [Online]; Manufacturing Company: Location of Company, Date. URL (accessed Month Day, Year).


Titanium Dioxide; MSDS No. T3627; Mallinckrodt Baker: Phillipsburg, NJ, Nov 12, 2003. (accessed 4/15/08).

Electronic Book


Tour, J. M. Molecular Electronics: Commercial Insights, Chemistry, Devices, Architecture and Programming[Online]; WorldScientific: River Edge, NJ, 2003; pp 177–180.,20141,20153 (accessed Nov 7, 2004).
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