What are ACS citations?
The ACS reference format was developed by the American Chemical Society for use in the field of chemistry. The hallmark of ACS citation is that it’s designed to be as convenient and practical as possible.
The third edition of the ACS Style Guide is available to download via the Library Resource from the ACS website.
How to create ACS citations
Each citation consists of two parts. The first is in-text citations, which you can complete in one of three ways; superscript numbers, italic numbers in brackets or author name and year of publication in brackets (known as the author-date system). The second part is a full reference list at the end, which provides bibliographic information for all sources used.
Several factors can cause variations in the citation format, such as whether a book is one in a series, whether it’s cited in its entirety or only in part or if it has different editions. The most common formats require the author’s name, title and date of publication, the name of the publisher and place of publication.
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ACS citation examples
Follow the C-R-E-A-M Strategy for learning – Creative, Reflective, Effective, Active, Motivated.1
Follow the C-R-E-A-M Strategy for learning – Creative, Reflective, Effective, Active, Motivated (1).
Follow the C-R-E-A-M Strategy for learning – Creative, Reflective, Effective, Active, Motivated (Cottrell, 2013).
Cottrell, S. The study skills handbook; Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, 2013.