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
Brody, H. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Nature 2012, 489 (7417), S1.
A journal article with 2 authors
Oppenheim, J.; Wehner, S. The Uncertainty Principle Determines the Nonlocality of Quantum Mechanics. Science 2010, 330 (6007), 1072–1074.
A journal article with 3 authors
Roche, D.; Paillard, D.; Cortijo, E. Constraints on the Duration and Freshwater Release of Heinrich Event 4 through Isotope Modelling. Nature 2004, 432 (7015), 379–382.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Lissy, N. A.; Davis, P. K.; Irwin, M.; Kaelin, W. G.; Dowdy, S. F. A Common E2F-1 and P73 Pathway Mediates Cell Death Induced by TCR Activation. Nature 2000, 407 (6804), 642–645.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Leung, M.-Y.; Chan, I. Y. S.; Cooper, C. L. Stress Management in the Construction Industry; John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester, UK, 2014.
An edited book
Reproductive Diversity of Plants: An Evolutionary Perspective and Genetic Basis, 1st ed. 2015.; Gniech Karasawa, M. M., Ed.; Springer International Publishing: Cham, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
Vitali, C.; Baldini, C.; Bombardieri, S. Current Concepts on Classification Criteria and Disease Status Indexes in Sjögren’s Syndrome. In Sjögren’s Syndrome: Practical Guidelines to Diagnosis and Therapy; Fox, R. I., Fox, C. M., Eds.; Springer: New York, NY, 2012; pp 59–72.

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
Hale, T. A Nazi Time Capsule Has Been Unearthed At A Former Training Camp (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. Space Acquisitions: Challenges Facing DOD as It Changes Approaches to Space Acquisitions; GAO-16-471T; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2016.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Thompson, K. Paid Formal Caregivers and Caregiver Burden: A Quantitative Study. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach: Long Beach, CA, 2015.

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
Shpigel, B. Soccer Gets a Second Look. New York Times. July 20, 2017, p B8.

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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