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
Waxman, E. Neutrino Astrophysics: A New Tool for Exploring the Universe. Science 2007, 315 (5808), 63–65.
A journal article with 2 authors
Klyachko, V. A.; Jackson, M. B. Capacitance Steps and Fusion Pores of Small and Large-Dense-Core Vesicles in Nerve Terminals. Nature 2002, 418 (6893), 89–92.
A journal article with 3 authors
Madhu, R.; Veeramani, V.; Chen, S.-M. Heteroatom-Enriched and Renewable Banana-Stem-Derived Porous Carbon for the Electrochemical Determination of Nitrite in Various Water Samples. Sci. Rep. 2014, 4, 4679.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Bouchard, L.-S.; Burt, S. R.; Anwar, M. S.; Kovtunov, K. V.; Koptyug, I. V.; Pines, A. NMR Imaging of Catalytic Hydrogenation in Microreactors with the Use of Para-Hydrogen. Science 2008, 319 (5862), 442–445.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Young, M. R. Financial Fraud Prevention and Detection; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2013.
An edited book
Pediatric Urology: Evidence for Optimal Patient Management; Snodgrass, W. T., Ed.; Springer: New York, NY, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
Calvin, J. M. Adaptive Global Search. In Encyclopedia of Optimization; Floudas, C. A., Pardalos, P. M., Eds.; Springer US: Boston, MA, 2009; pp 19–21.

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
Hamilton, K. Five Myths About Lower Back Pain. 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. Digests of Unpublished Decisions of the Comptroller General of the United States, Vol. III, No. 9; 134157; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1987.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Johnson, A. Instructional Practices in Physical Education Programs for Students with Disabilities. Doctoral dissertation, Northcentral University, Scottsdale, AZ, 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
Kanter, J.; Ewing, J. E.U. Says It May Sue 4 Countries for Letting VW Sell Polluting Vehicles. New York Times. December 8, 2016, p B3.

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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