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ACS Citation Style

Listed to the right are some examples of how to cite your sources using ACS. Some of this is from the Author Guidelines for Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, section 2.2.8, with some based on chapter 14 of the ACS Style Guide. 

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Citing Journal Articles

  • Journal of Medicinal Chemistry includes the article titles in the references. Many journals that use ACS style do not.
  • The journal names are italicized and abbreviated; refer to pg 328 in the ACS Style Guide for a list of abbreviations.
  • Include all authors. No et al.
  • The article year is in bold, unless it has not yet been assigned to a volume or issue.
  • Many journals now publish articles online before they're assigned to a volume or issue, so you don't know the volume number or pages. However, the article has been assigned a DOI that you can use in the reference. You'll find it on the article, usually on the first page, something like 10.1021/jm101019j or 10.1002/anie.201606728. When you add in front of it, you have the article's URL, which will not change when it does get assigned to a specific issue. See (2) below for how to cite a reference like this.
  • If your journal is online only (often indicated by the use of article numbers rather than pages, see (3). 
(1)  Mitachi, K.; Aleiwi, B. A.; Schneider, C. M.; Siricilla, S.; Kurosu, M., Stereocontrolled Total Synthesis of Muraymycin D1 Having a Dual Mode of Action against Mycobacterium tuberculosis. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 12975-12980.
(2)  Ayoub, A. T.; Abou El-Magd, R. M.; Xiao, J.; Lewis, C. W.; Tilli, T. M.; Arakawa, K.; Nindita, Y.; Chan, G.; Sun, L.; Glover, M.; Klobukowski, M.; Tuszynski, J., Antitumor Activity of Lankacidin Group Antibiotics Is Due to Microtubule Stabilization via a Paclitaxel-like Mechanism. J. Med. Chem. [Online early access]. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jmedchem.6b01264. Published online: Oct 8, 2016.
(3)  Döhrmann, S.; Cole, J. N.; Nizet, V., Conquering Neutrophils. PLoS Pathog. [Online] 2016, 12, e1005682.

Citing Websites

For citing websites, you usually want to include the organization, name of the website, the URL, and the date you accessed the site. If you're citing predicted or calculated data from SciFinder (not experimental), you also need to cite the company that provided them the data. 

(4)  Royal Society of Chemistry. The Merck Index. (accessed Oct 20 2016).
(5)  Taylor and Francis. Combined Chemical Dictionary. (accessed Oct 20 2016).
(6)  Chemical Abstracts Service. SciFinder. (accessed Oct 20, 2016); Calculated using Advanced Chemistry Development software, version 11.02; ACD/Labs 1994-2016.


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