How to format your references using the Accounts of Chemical Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Accounts of Chemical Research. For a complete guide how to prepare your manuscript refer to the journal's instructions to authors.

Using reference management software

Typically you don't format your citations and bibliography by hand. The easiest way is to use a reference manager:

PaperpileThe citation style is built in and you can choose it in Settings > Citation Style or Paperpile > Citation Style in Google Docs.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
Mendeley, Zotero, Papers, and othersThe style is either built in or you can download a CSL file that is supported by most references management programs.
BibTeXBibTeX syles are usually part of a LaTeX template. Check the instructions to authors if the publisher offers a LaTeX template for this journal.

Journal articles

Those examples are references to articles in scholarly journals and how they are supposed to appear in your bibliography.

Not all journals organize their published articles in volumes and issues, so these fields are optional. Some electronic journals do not provide a page range, but instead list an article identifier. In a case like this it's safe to use the article identifier instead of the page range.

A journal article with 1 author
Schlichting, I. Structural Biology: Photosynthetic Complex in Close-Up. Nature 2015, 517 (7532), 26–27.
A journal article with 2 authors
Rieux-Laucat, F.; Casanova, J.-L. Immunology. Autoimmunity by Haploinsufficiency. Science 2014, 345 (6204), 1560–1561.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hartl, T. A.; Smith, H. F.; Bosco, G. Chromosome Alignment and Transvection Are Antagonized by Condensin II. Science 2008, 322 (5906), 1384–1387.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Catalanotto, C.; Azzalin, G.; Macino, G.; Cogoni, C. Gene Silencing in Worms and Fungi. Nature 2000, 404 (6775), 245.

Books and book chapters

Here are examples of references for authored and edited books as well as book chapters.

An authored book
Wang, B.-C. Digital Signal Processing Techniques and Applications in Radar Image Processing; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2008.
An edited book
Fundoplication Surgery: A Clinical Guide to Optimizing Results; Aye, R. W., Hunter, J., Eds.; Springer International Publishing: Cham, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
Filippone, G.; D’Ambrosio, D.; Marocco, D.; Spataro, W. Evolving Protection Measures for Lava Risk Management Decision Making. In Computational Intelligence: Revised and Selected Papers of the International Joint Conference, IJCCI 2013, Vilamoura, Portugal, September 20-22, 2013; Madani, K., Dourado, A., Rosa, A., Filipe, J., Kacprzyk, J., Eds.; Studies in Computational Intelligence; Springer International Publishing: Cham, 2016; pp 65–81.

Web sites

Sometimes references to web sites should appear directly in the text rather than in the bibliography. Refer to the Instructions to authors for Accounts of Chemical Research.

Blog post
Andrew, E. Scientists Discover How A Rare Coral Snake’s Venom Acts On Its Victims (accessed Oct 30, 2018).


This example shows the general structure used for government reports, technical reports, and scientific reports. If you can't locate the report number then it might be better to cite the report as a book. For reports it is usually not individual people that are credited as authors, but a governmental department or agency like "U. S. Food and Drug Administration" or "National Cancer Institute".

Government report
Government Accountability Office. Geospatial Data: Progress Needed on Identifying Expenditures, Building and Utilizing a Data Infrastructure, and Reducing Duplicative Efforts [Reissued March 18, 2015]; GAO-15-193; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2015.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Kolaski, G. W. Cultural Awareness and the U.S. Military Advisor in the Arab Middle East: A Phenomenological Study. Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ, 2010.

News paper articles

Unlike scholarly journals, news papers do not usually have a volume and issue number. Instead, the full date and page number is required for a correct reference.

New York Times article
Hollander, S. On Way to Rout, Liberty Wins at the Free-Throw Line. New York Times. June 19, 2000, p D4.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

This sentence cites one reference 1.
This sentence cites two references 1,2.
This sentence cites four references 1–4.

About the journal

Full journal titleAccounts of Chemical Research
AbbreviationAcc. Chem. Res.
ISSN (print)0001-4842
ISSN (online)1520-4898
ScopeGeneral Chemistry
General Medicine

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