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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

  • Include all authors (no et al) and the article title. The journal names are italicized and abbreviated. If you're not sure what the abbreviation would be, search the title in CASSI. One-word journals are not abbreviated.
  • The article year is in bold, unless it has not yet been assigned to a volume or issue.
  • Include the DOI if you access the journal online. This is a unique identifier for the journal article, and it'll look something like 10.1021/jm101019j or 10.1002/anie.201606728. You don't have to include the date you accessed the article. However, if the article is "online early access" "as soon as published," "just accepted," or otherwise online but does not yet have a volume number, issue number, or pagination, you can include the date it was published online. See (2).

(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. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b07395

(2)  Ruberte, A. C.; Sanmartin, C.; Aydillo, C.; Sharma, A. K.; Plano, D. Development and Therapeutic Potential of Selenazo Compounds. J. Med. Chem. [Just Accepted]. Published Online October 22, 2019. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jmedchem.9b01152

(3) Döhrmann, S.; Cole, J. N.; Nizet, V., Conquering Neutrophils. PLoS Pathog. [Online] 2016, 12, e1005682. DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1005682

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) Caffeine. The Merck Index. Royal Society of Chemistry. (accessed October 20, 2019).

(5) Caffeine. Combined Chemical Dictionary. Taylor and Francis. (accessed October 20 2019).

(6) Caffeine. SciFinder. CAS. (accessed October 20, 2019). Calculated using Advanced Chemistry Development software, version 11.02; ACD/Labs 1994-2019.


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