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ACS Style Abbreviations

Commonly used journal title abbreviations include:

  • J. Am. Chem. Soc. – Journal of the American Chemical Society
  • J. Phys. Chem. – Journal of Physical Chemistry
  • 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

For a more complete list, see the References chapter of the ACS Style Guide.

ACS Examples

Template: Author1LastName, First Initial.; Author2LastName, First Initial; etc. Book Title, Edition Number; Series Information (if any); Publisher, Year; Volume Number, Pages.

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

Ebook: Hammond, C. The Basics of Crystallography and Diffraction, 4th ed.; International Union of Crystallography Texts on Crystallography, Vol. 21; Oxford University Press, 2015. DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198738671.001.0001

Chapter in Edited Volume: Almlof, J.; Gropen, O. Relativistic Effects in Chemistry. In Reviews in Computational Chemistry; Lipkowitz, K. B., Boyd, D. B., Eds.; VCH, 1996; Vol. 8, pp 206-210.

Template: Author1LastName, First Initial.; Author2LastName, First Initial; etc. Article Title. Journal TitleYear, Volume (Issue), Pages. DOI

Article Retrieved Online: Foster, J. C.; Varlas, S.; Couturaud, B.; Coe, J.; O’Reilly, R. K. Getting into Shape: Reflections on a New Generation of Cylindrical Nanostructures’ Self-Assembly Using Polymer Building Block. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019141 (7), 2742−2753. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b08648

Article Accessed From a Database: Lanzotti A.; Grasso M.; Staiano G.; Martorelli M. The Impact of Process Parameters on Mechanical Properties of Parts Fabricated in PLA with an Open-source 3-D Printer. Rapid Prototyp. J. 201521 (5), 604−617. DOI: 10.1108/RPJ-09-2014-0135 (accessed 2019-11-22 from ProQuest: Materials Science & Engineering Collection).

Article Accessed Pre-Publication: Shang, M.; Ren, M.; Zhou, C. Nitrogen Mustard Induces Formation of DNA–Histone Cross-Links in Nucleosome Core Particles. Chem. Res. Toxicol. 2019, Article ASAP. DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrestox.9b00354 (accessed 2019-11-21).

WebsiteACS Publications Home Page. (accessed 2019-02-21).

Document on a Website: American Chemical Society, Committee on Chemical Safety, Task Force for Safety Education Guidelines. Guidelines for Chemical Laboratory Safety in Academic Institutions. American Chemical Society, 2016. (accessed 2019-02-21.

Streaming Media: American Chemical Society. Game of Thrones Science: Sword Making and Valyrian Steel. Reactions. YouTube, April 15, 2015. (accessed 2019-02-28).

Citation examples from The ACS Style Guide (print) and ACS Style Quick Guide.