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
Peitgen, H.-O. Retrospective. Benoît B. Mandelbrot (1924-2010). Science 2010, 330 (6006), 926.
A journal article with 2 authors
Yen, H.-L.; Peiris, J. S. M. Virology: Bird Flu in Mammals. Nature 2012, 486 (7403), 332–333.
A journal article with 3 authors
Mohr, J. T.; Krout, M. R.; Stoltz, B. M. Natural Products as Inspiration for the Development of Asymmetric Catalysis. Nature 2008, 455 (7211), 323–332.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Salger, T.; Kling, S.; Hecking, T.; Geckeler, C.; Morales-Molina, L.; Weitz, M. Directed Transport of Atoms in a Hamiltonian Quantum Ratchet. Science 2009, 326 (5957), 1241–1243.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gerardi, M. H. Troubleshooting the Sequencing Batch Reactor; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2010.
An edited book
Wireless Mobile Communication and Healthcare: Third International Conference, MobiHealth 2012, Paris, France, November 21-23, 2012, Revised Selected Papers; Godara, B., Nikita, K. S., Eds.; Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2013; Vol. 61.
A chapter in an edited book
Lagomarsino, S.; Cattari, S. Fragility Functions of Masonry Buildings. In SYNER-G: Typology Definition and Fragility Functions for Physical Elements at Seismic Risk: Buildings, Lifelines, Transportation Networks and Critical Facilities; Pitilakis, K., Crowley, H., Kaynia, A. M., Eds.; Geotechnical, Geological and Earthquake Engineering; Springer Netherlands: Dordrecht, 2014; pp 111–156.

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
Davis, J. Creating Babies Without Eggs May One Day Be Possible Thanks To Groundbreaking New Research (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. Research Fleet Modernization: NOAA Needs to Consider Alternatives to the Acquisition of New Vessels; RCED-94-170; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1994.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
McGrew, C. Living with Diabetes: The Value of Everyday Communication. Doctoral dissertation, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2008.

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
Rothenberg, B. Kvitova Keeps Expectations Low, Even If Oddsmakers Disagree. New York Times. July 1, 2017, p SP7.

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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