How to format your references using the ACS Catalysis citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for ACS Catalysis. 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
Smaglik, P. Breaking the Bottleneck. Nature 2005, 434 (7036), 1047.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bouwens, R. J.; Illingworth, G. D. Rapid Evolution of the Most Luminous Galaxies during the First 900 Million Years. Nature 2006, 443 (7108), 189–192.
A journal article with 3 authors
Finn, C. A.; Sisson, T. W.; Deszcz-Pan, M. Aerogeophysical Measurements of Collapse-Prone Hydrothermally Altered Zones at Mount Rainier Volcano. Nature 2001, 409 (6820), 600–603.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Nystul, T. G.; Goldmark, J. P.; Padilla, P. A.; Roth, M. B. Suspended Animation in C. Elegans Requires the Spindle Checkpoint. Science 2003, 302 (5647), 1038–1041.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Fickelscherer, R. J.; Chester, D. L. Optimal Automated Process Fault Analysis; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2012.
An edited book
Coelli, T. J. An Introduction to Efficiency and Productivity Analysis, Second Edition.; Prasada Rao, D. S., O’Donnell, C. J., Battese, G. E., Eds.; Springer US: Boston, MA, 2005.
A chapter in an edited book
Azagury, D. E.; Lautz, D. B. Surgical Management of Obesity: Surgical Procedures, Preoperative Evaluation, and Patient Selection. In Bariatric Endoscopy; Thompson, C. C., Ed.; Springer: New York, NY, 2013; pp 49–65.

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 ACS Catalysis.

Blog post
Andrew, D. A Nevada Woman Died From A Bug That Resisted 26 Antibiotics — Here’s Why It’s So Hard To Develop New Ones (accessed 2018 -10 -30).


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. Estimates of Potential Savings by Retiring Two Aircraft Carriers Early; T-NSIAD-88-16; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1988.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Mathus, M. A. The Relationship between Teacher Evaluation Ratings and Student Achievement in a Rural, Midwest School District. Doctoral dissertation, Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO, 2017.

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
Antilla, S. Fighting the Old Boys’ Club. New York Times. March 29, 2014, p B1.

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 titleACS Catalysis
AbbreviationACS Catal.
ISSN (online)2155-5435

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