How to format your references using the ACS Chemical Biology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for ACS Chemical Biology. 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
Craik, D. J. Chemistry. Seamless Proteins Tie up Their Loose Ends. Science 2006, 311 (5767), 1563–1564.
A journal article with 2 authors
Seitz, A. R.; Watanabe, T. Psychophysics: Is Subliminal Learning Really Passive? Nature 2003, 422 (6927), 36.
A journal article with 3 authors
Raebiger, H.; Lany, S.; Zunger, A. Charge Self-Regulation upon Changing the Oxidation State of Transition Metals in Insulators. Nature 2008, 453 (7196), 763–766.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Mogera, U.; Sagade, A. A.; George, S. J.; Kulkarni, G. U. Ultrafast Response Humidity Sensor Using Supramolecular Nanofibre and Its Application in Monitoring Breath Humidity and Flow. Sci. Rep. 2014, 4, 4103.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Radzevich, S. P. Geometry of Surfaces; John Wiley & Sons Ltd: Oxford, UK, 2013.
An edited book
Progestins and the Mammary Gland: From Basic Science to Clinical Applications; Conneely, O., Otto, C., Eds.; Ernst Schering Foundation Symposium Proceedings; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2008; Vol. 2007/1.
A chapter in an edited book
Oksanen, E. Northern Conditions Enhance the Susceptibility of Birch (Betula Pendula Roth) to Oxidative Stress Caused by Ozone. In Plant Responses to Air Pollution and Global Change; Omasa, K., Nouchi, I., Kok, L. J. D., Eds.; Springer Japan: Tokyo, 2005; pp 29–35.

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 Chemical Biology.

Blog post
Andrew, E. Where Does The Smell Of Rain Come From? (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. Progress of the DD(X) Destroyer Program; GAO-05-752R; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2005.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Araki, P. R. Golden Years Home Residential Care Facility for the Elderly. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 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
Greenhouse, L. Justices to Consider Impact of Mental Illness on Death Penalty. New York Times. January 6, 2007, p A12.

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 Chemical Biology
AbbreviationACS Chem. Biol.
ISSN (print)1554-8929
ISSN (online)1554-8937
Molecular Medicine
General Medicine

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