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
Clarke, J. Physics. Flux Qubit Completes the Hat Trick. Science 2003, 299 (5614), 1850–1851.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bland, P. A.; Artemieva, N. A. Efficient Disruption of Small Asteroids by Earth’s Atmosphere. Nature 2003, 424 (6946), 288–291.
A journal article with 3 authors
Rosenbaum, D. M.; Rasmussen, S. G. F.; Kobilka, B. K. The Structure and Function of G-Protein-Coupled Receptors. Nature 2009, 459 (7245), 356–363.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Zhukovsky, E. A.; Lee, J.-O.; Villegas, M.; Chan, C.; Chu, S.; Mroske, C. TNF Ligands: Is TALL-1 a Trimer or a Virus-like Cluster? Nature 2004, 427 (6973), 413–414; discussion 414.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Dunnivant, F. M. Environmental Laboratory Exercises for Instrumental Analysis and Environmental Chemistry; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2004.
An edited book
Trusted Systems: 5th International Conference, INTRUST 2013, Graz, Austria, December 4-5, 2013, Proceedings; Bloem, R., Lipp, P., Eds.; Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Springer International Publishing: Cham, 2013; Vol. 8292.
A chapter in an edited book
de Queiroz, R. J. G. B.; de Oliveira, A. G. Natural Deduction for Equality: The Missing Entity. In Advances in Natural Deduction: A Celebration of Dag Prawitz’s Work; Pereira, L. C., Haeusler, E. H., de Paiva, V., Eds.; Trends in Logic; Springer Netherlands: Dordrecht, 2014; pp 63–91.

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. How Close Are We To Back To The Future’s Vision Of Tomorrow? A Scientist’s View. 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. High Speed Ground Transportation: Financial Barriers to Development; T-RCED-93-23; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1993.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Zhong, A. Product Development Considerations for a Nutrient Rich Bar Using Cricket (Acheta Domesticus) Protein. 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
Haberman, M.; Pear, R. Trump Jumps In, Trying to Propel Health Care Bill. New York Times. March 9, 2017, p A1.

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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