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
Schiermeier, Q. Postdoc Positions Axed as Economic Crisis Takes Its Toll. Nature 2002, 420 (6915), 452.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lewis, A.; Tomlinson, I. Cancer. The Utility of Mouse Models in Post-GWAS Research. Science 2012, 338 (6112), 1301–1302.
A journal article with 3 authors
Stott, L.; Timmermann, A.; Thunell, R. Southern Hemisphere and Deep-Sea Warming Led Deglacial Atmospheric CO2 Rise and Tropical Warming. Science 2007, 318 (5849), 435–438.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Bonke, M.; Thitamadee, S.; Mähönen, A. P.; Hauser, M.-T.; Helariutta, Y. APL Regulates Vascular Tissue Identity in Arabidopsis. Nature 2003, 426 (6963), 181–186.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Coates, M.; Jenkins, B. Electrical Installation Calculations: For Compliance with BS 7671:2008; John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester, UK, 2010.
An edited book
Future Application and Middleware Technology on E-Science; Byeon, O.-H., Kwon, J. H., Dunning, T., Cho, K. W., Savoy-Navarro, A., Eds.; Springer US: Boston, MA, 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
Godart, B.; de Rooij, M.; Wood, J. G. M. Severity Investigation. In Guide to Diagnosis and Appraisal of AAR Damage to Concrete in Structures: Part 1 Diagnosis (AAR 6.1); Godart, B., de Rooij, M., Wood, J. G. M., Eds.; RILEM State-of-the-Art Reports; Springer Netherlands: Dordrecht, 2013; pp 65–78.

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
Andrew, E. New Horizons’ Close Encounter with Pluto will Reveal its Icy Secrets. 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. Montana’s Medical Assistance Facilities; HEHS-96-12R; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1995.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Wright, E. A. Assessing Leadership Behaviors and Demographic Characteristics of Project Managers Associated Through LinkedIn. Doctoral dissertation, Northcentral University, Scottsdale, AZ, 2012.

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
Johnson, G. When Radiation Isn’t the Risk. New York Times. September 22, 2015, p D3.

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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