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
Bonetta, L. Protein-Protein Interactions: Real-Time Analysis. Nature 2010, 468 (7325), 854.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lippincott-Schwartz, J.; Patterson, G. H. Development and Use of Fluorescent Protein Markers in Living Cells. Science 2003, 300 (5616), 87–91.
A journal article with 3 authors
Rich, T. H.; Vickers-Rich, P.; Gangloff, R. A. Paleontology. Polar Dinosaurs. Science 2002, 295 (5557), 979–980.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Huang, P. Y.; Ruiz-Vargas, C. S.; van der Zande, A. M.; Whitney, W. S.; Levendorf, M. P.; Kevek, J. W.; Garg, S.; Alden, J. S.; Hustedt, C. J.; Zhu, Y.; Park, J.; McEuen, P. L.; Muller, D. A. Grains and Grain Boundaries in Single-Layer Graphene Atomic Patchwork Quilts. Nature 2011, 469 (7330), 389–392.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Woolf, V. The Years; John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester, UK, 2012.
An edited book
Globalisation and the Challenges of Development in Contemporary India, 1st ed. 2016.; Venkateswar, S., Bandyopadhyay, S., Eds.; Dynamics of Asian Development; Springer: Singapore, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
Lu, W.; Huang, P. Glycolytic Pathway as a Target for Tumor Inhibition. In The Tumor Microenvironment; Bagley, R. G., Ed.; Springer: New York, NY, 2010; pp 91–118.

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
Luntz, S. Droppings Reveal That Not All Tasmanian Devils Are Clones. 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. Pipeline Safety Fund: Minimum Balance Was Not Reasonably Estimated; GAO-01-523; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2001.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Marcheschi, R. L. Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Regarding Individuals with Epilepsy by Marriage and Family Therapists and Social Workers. 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
Sisario, B. Stoking Classic Rock Hunger With Concerts on the Coasts. New York Times. March 29, 2017, p C4.

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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