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
Cuervo, A. M. Cell Biology. Autophagy’s Top Chef. Science 2011, 332 (6036), 1392–1393.
A journal article with 2 authors
Khoury, M. J.; Ioannidis, J. P. A. Medicine. Big Data Meets Public Health. Science 2014, 346 (6213), 1054–1055.
A journal article with 3 authors
Tosca, N. J.; Knoll, A. H.; McLennan, S. M. Water Activity and the Challenge for Life on Early Mars. Science 2008, 320 (5880), 1204–1207.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Wang, D. W.; Mitchell, D. A.; Teague, W. J.; Jarosz, E.; Hulbert, M. S. Extreme Waves under Hurricane Ivan. Science 2005, 309 (5736), 896.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Zink, M. Scalable Video on Demand; John Wiley & Sons, Ltd,.: West Sussex, England, 2005.
An edited book
Biology and Regulation of Blood-Tissue Barriers; Cheng, C. Y., Ed.; Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology; Springer: New York, NY, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
Kotulski, Z.; Szczepiński, W. Functions of Independent Random Variables. In Error Analysis with Applications in Engineering; Szczepinski, W., Ed.; Solid Mechanics and Its Applications; Springer Netherlands: Dordrecht, 2010; pp 91–105.

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
Luntz, S. Flexible Implant Restores Rodent Mobility To Paralyzed Rats. IFLScience. (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. Supply Chain Security: CBP Needs to Conduct Regular Assessments of Its Cargo Targeting System; GAO-13-9; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2012.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Finley, S. How Online Communication and Social Media Networking Are Used in Alcohol Use Treatment. Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, 2014.

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
Kelly, C. A Remodeling Gift to Remind Tarrytown of a Church’s History. New York Times. January 13, 2008, p 14WE11.

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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