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
Gies, E. Recycling: Lazarus Batteries. Nature 2015, 526 (7575), S100-1.
A journal article with 2 authors
Rohrbach, A.; Schmidt, M. W. Redox Freezing and Melting in the Earth’s Deep Mantle Resulting from Carbon-Iron Redox Coupling. Nature 2011, 472 (7342), 209–212.
A journal article with 3 authors
Li, Y. C.; Cheng, T. H.; Gartenberg, M. R. Establishment of Transcriptional Silencing in the Absence of DNA Replication. Science 2001, 291 (5504), 650–653.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
McIsaac, G. F.; David, M. B.; Gertner, G. Z.; Goolsby, D. A. Nitrate Flux in the Mississippi River. Nature 2001, 414 (6860), 166–167.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sengupta, D. L.; Liepa, V. V. Applied Electromagnetics and Electromagnetic Compatibility; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2005.
An edited book
Environmental Bioremediation Technologies; Singh, S. N., Tripathi, R. D., Eds.; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2007.
A chapter in an edited book
Stoica, T.; Sutter, E.; Calarco, R. GaN and InN Nanowires: Growth and Optoelectronic Properties. In Trends in Nanophysics: Theory, Experiment and Technology; Bârsan, V., Aldea, A., Eds.; Engineering Materials; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010; pp 73–96.

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, E. Amber Reveals Lyme Disease Is Older Than Humanity (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. Issues Related to an Independent FAA; T-RCED-88-45; 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
Small, C. R. An Investigation on the Effect(s) of Different Modes of Intervention for Weight Management on HDL-Cholesterol and LDL-Cholesterol Production among United States Veterans. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach: Long Beach, CA, 2013.

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
Dominus, S. Refusing My Religion. New York Times. April 5, 2015, p BR10.

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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