How to format your references using the ACS Combinatorial Science citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for ACS Combinatorial Science. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Chen, J. Smithsonian Closure Plan under Fire. Nature 2001, 410 (6832), 1011.
A journal article with 2 authors
Tan, L. W. H.; Subramaniam, R. Education. Science and the Student Entrepreneur. Science 2002, 298 (5598), 1556.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sakakura, A.; Ukai, A.; Ishihara, K. Enantioselective Halocyclization of Polyprenoids Induced by Nucleophilic Phosphoramidites. Nature 2007, 445 (7130), 900–903.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Kilpatrick, C. D.; Foley, R. J.; Kasen, D.; Murguia-Berthier, A.; Ramirez-Ruiz, E.; Coulter, D. A.; Drout, M. R.; Piro, A. L.; Shappee, B. J.; Boutsia, K.; Contreras, C.; Di Mille, F.; Madore, B. F.; Morrell, N.; Pan, Y.-C.; Prochaska, J. X.; Rest, A.; Rojas-Bravo, C.; Siebert, M. R.; Simon, J. D.; Ulloa, N. Electromagnetic Evidence That SSS17a Is the Result of a Binary Neutron Star Merger. Science 2017, 358 (6370), 1583–1587.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lhabitant, F.-S. Hedge Funds; John Wiley & Sons Ltd: Oxford, UK, 2004.
An edited book
Affective Touch and the Neurophysiology of CT Afferents; Olausson, H., Wessberg, J., Morrison, I., McGlone, F., Eds.; Springer: New York, NY, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
Lee Frenkl, T.; Potts, J. M. Sexually Transmitted Infections. In Genitourinary Pain And Inflammation: Diagnosis And Management; Potts, J. M., Ed.; Current Clinical Urology; Humana Press: Totowa, NJ, 2008; pp 77–95.

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 Combinatorial Science.

Blog post
Andrew, E. Blame Sugar? We’ve Been Doing That For Over 100 Years. 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. Poor Preschool-Aged Children: Numbers Increase but Most Not in Preschool; HRD-93-111BR; 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
Demenkoff, J. H. Evolution and Emergence of the Masculinities: Epiphanies and Epiphenomena of the Male Athlete and Dancer. Doctoral dissertation, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA, 2014.

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
Cooper, M. Michael Tilson Thomas To Step Down in 2020. New York Times. October 31, 2017, p C3.

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 Combinatorial Science
AbbreviationACS Comb. Sci.
ISSN (print)2156-8952
ISSN (online)2156-8944
ScopeGeneral Chemistry
General Medicine

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