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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for ACS Chemical Neuroscience. 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
Taylor, W. R. A “periodic Table” for Protein Structures. Nature 2002, 416 (6881), 657–660.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kaufman, J.; Jing, J. China and AIDS--the Time to Act Is Now. Science 2002, 296 (5577), 2339–2340.
A journal article with 3 authors
Karlsson, M. P.; Tervo, D. G. R.; Karpova, A. Y. Network Resets in Medial Prefrontal Cortex Mark the Onset of Behavioral Uncertainty. Science 2012, 338 (6103), 135–139.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Odkhuu, D.; Shin, D.; Ruoff, R. S.; Park, N. Conversion of Multilayer Graphene into Continuous Ultrathin Sp3-Bonded Carbon Films on Metal Surfaces. Sci. Rep. 2013, 3, 3276.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Nógrádi, M. Stereoselective Synthesis; Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH: Weinheim, Germany, 2007.
An edited book
Scaglione, M. Imaging Nelle Urgenze Vascolari — Body: Casi Clinici; Romano, L., Rotondo, A., Eds.; Springer: Milano, 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
Bukovac Puvača, M.; Mihelčić, G.; Tuhtan Grgić, I. Can Financial Crisis Lead to the Application of the Institute of Changed Circumstances Under Croatian Law? In The Effects of Financial Crises on the Binding Force of Contracts - Renegotiation, Rescission or Revision; Başoğlu, B., Ed.; Ius Comparatum - Global Studies in Comparative Law; Springer International Publishing: Cham, 2016; pp 83–99.

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 Neuroscience.

Blog post
Hale, T. India Has Planted Nearly 50 Million Trees In 24 Hours (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. Observations on Management of Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; T-HRD-89-34; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1989.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Adaligil, E. Electron Transfer through Self-Assembled Monolayers of Alkaneselenols and Alkanethiols on Mercury Electrode. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 2010.

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
Fernandez, M.; Kulish, N.; Anasagasti, S. For Migrants, Peril on 18 Wheels; For Smugglers, a Profit Machine. New York Times. July 30, 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 Neuroscience
AbbreviationACS Chem. Neurosci.
ISSN (online)1948-7193
Cell Biology
General Medicine
Cognitive Neuroscience

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