Within ACS style there are 3 possible ways for you to provide an in-text citation:
When references are repeated reuse the original number rather than allocating a new number, otherwise each reference should be done sequentially. With author name citations where there are two names both should be used; (Author A and Author B, 2012). For multiple authors use the first name followed by “et al.”; (Author A et al., 2015)
The actual citations should be arranged within the bibliography at the end of your paper. If you have numbered them then they should be arranged in numerical order as used within your paper. If you have used the author style then they should be arranged in alphabetical order.
ACS Style Citation Formats
The following are how to format the different types of citations in ACS style that you may be required to make within your paper:
Format for a book with one or more authors:
- Author, First Initial. Second Initial.; Author, A. B. The Book Title (in italics), The Edition (if any); The Publisher: The Place of Publication, Year Published; Pagination.
- Smith, A. B.; Jones, X. Y. Book on Chemistry: Best Practice; Oxford University Press: Oxford, 1978.
Note: some ACS publications require the chapter title in book references. Pagination is not included if the whole book is being referenced. If there is no author then they are simply omitted and you start with the volume title.
Book with editors:
- Editor, A. A., Editor, B. B., Editor, C. C., Eds. Book Title (italics); Series Information (if any, including series number); Publisher: Place of Publication, Year.
- Smith, A. B.; Jones, X. Y., Eds. Another Book on Chemistry: Best Practice; Oxford University Press: Oxford, 1985.
Referencing a journal article:
- Author, A. A; Author, B. B; Author, C. C. Title of Article. Journal Abbreviation (italics) [Online if online] Year (boldface), Volume (italics), Pagination.
- Smith, A.; Jones, B. C. An Article on Chemistry. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1965, 91, 4634-4639.
Note: Journal sources are always abbreviated such as:
- J. Am. Chem. Soc. – Journal of the American Chemical Society
- J. Phys. Chem. A – Journal of Physical Chemistry
- Phys. Rev. Lett. – Physical Review Letters
- Author, A. A. (if any). Title of Site. URL (accessed date), other identifying information. (No need to include URL of subscription sites).
- American Chemical Society Homepage. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en.html (Accessed Jan 1, 2017)
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