Special Features and Examples of ACS Reference Style

1. ACS (American Chemical Society) Style

Special Features: ACS is the standard citation style for chemistry. In this style writers may cite references in text in three ways:

1. By superscript numbers, which appear outside the punctuation if the citation applies to a whole sentence or clause. Example- Oscillation in the reaction of benzaldehyde with oxygen was reported previously (3).

2. By italic numbers in parentheses on the line of text and inside the punctuation. Example- The mineralization of TCE by a pure culture of a methane-oxidizing organism has been reported (6).

3. By author name and year of publication in parentheses inside the punctuation (known as author–date). Example- The primary structure of this enzyme has also been determined (Finnegan et al., 2004).

Below here we found some example of ACS Style

Printed Materials
1. Book, one author: (Author, A.; Book Title; Publisher: Place of Publication, Year; Pagination.)

Morris, R. The Last Sorcerers: The Path from Alchemy to the Periodic Table; Joseph Henry Press: Washington, DC, 2003; pp 145-158.

2. Book, two authors: (Author, A.; Author, B.; etc. Book Title; Publisher: Place of Publication, Year; Pagination.)

Le Couteur, P.; Burreson, J. Napoleon’s Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History; Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam; New York, 2003; pp 32-47.

3. Book, 3+ authors / Book in a series: (Author, A.; Author, B.; etc. Chapter Title. In Book Title, Edition Number;  Editor, A., Editor B., Eds.; Series Information; Publisher: Place of  Publication, Year; Volume Number, Pagination.)

Holbrey, J. D.; Chen, J.; Turner, M. B.; Swatlpski, R. P.; Spear, S. K.; Rogers, R. D. Applying Ionic Liquids for Controlled Processing of Polymer Materials.  In Ionic Liquids in Polymer Systems: Solvents, Additives, and Novel Applications; Brazel, C. S., Rogers, R. D., Eds.; ACS Symposium Series 913; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2005: pp 71-88.
(N.B. if the whole book used as a reference we need to start at book title.)

4. Thesis or dissertation: [Author, A. Title of Thesis. Level of Thesis, Degree-Granting University, Location of University, Date of Completion.]

Mackel, H. Capturing the Spectra of Silicon Solar Cells. Ph.D. Thesis, The Australian National University, December 2004.

5. Scholarly Journal: [Author, A.; Author, B.; etc. Title of Article. Journal Abbreviation Year, Volume, Pagination. ]

Klinger, J. Influence of Pretreatment of Sodium Powder. Chem. Mater. 2005, 17, 2755-2768. Evans, D. A.; Fitch, D. M.; Smith, T. E.; Cee, V. J. Application of Complex Aldol Reactions to the Total Synthesis of Phorboxazole B. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2000, 122.

Electronic document
6. From Internet- General Websites: [Author (if any). Title of Site. URL (accessed Month Day, Year), other identifying information (if any).]

ACS Publications Division Home Page. http://pubs.acs.org (accessed Nov 7, 2004).

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. http://www.epa.gov (accessed April 24, 2005).
(N.B. we should use the title found on the website itself and add the word “Home Page” for certification when needed.)

7. Article in a journal or magazine published monthly: [Place [Online] after the Journal Title or Abbreviation.  Add to end: URL (accessed Month Day, Year).]

Fine, L. Einstein Revisited. J. Chem. Educ. [Online] 2005, 82, 1601 ff. http://jchemed.chem.wisc.edu/Journal/Issues/2005/Nov/abs1601.html (accessed Oct 15, 2005).

8. Online Book: [Place [Online] after the Book Title.  Add to end: URL (accessed Month Day, Year).]

Tour, J.M. Molecular Electronics: Commercial Insights, Chemistry, Devices, Architecture and Programming [Online]; World Scientific: River Edge, NJ, 2003; pp 177-180. http://legacy.netlibrary.com/ebook_info.asp? product_id=91422&piclist=19799,20141, 20153 (accessed Nov 7, 2004).

9. Periodical Article Retrieved from an Online Database: Place [Online] after the Journal Title or Abbreviation.  Add to end: Database Name. URL of top page (accessed Month Day, Year).  

Hallet, V. Scanning the Globe for Organic Chemistry. U.S. News and World Report [Online]. April 19, 2004, p 59. Business Source Premier. http://
(accessed April 24, 2005).

(This example is taken from the ACS Citation Style Example, 3rd edition, 2006)

[N.B. Hope the next article describe the reference style AGLC (Australian Guide to Legal Citation) Reference  Style ]

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Aklima Sharmin

Aklima Sharmin is working as a Divisional Education Coordinator (Dhaka and Chittagong Area), World Vision Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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