How to format your references using the ACS Infectious Diseases citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for ACS Infectious Diseases. 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
Seife, C. PARTICLE PHYSICS: Elusive Particle Leaves Telltale Trace. Science 2000, 289 (5479), 527.
A journal article with 2 authors
Massol, F.; Crochet, P.-A. Do Animal Personalities Emerge? Nature 2008, 451 (7182), E8-9; discussion E9-10.
A journal article with 3 authors
Nowak, M. A.; Tarnita, C. E.; Wilson, E. O. The Evolution of Eusociality. Nature 2010, 466 (7310), 1057–1062.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Crampton, J. S.; Beu, A. G.; Cooper, R. A.; Jones, C. M.; Marshall, B.; Maxwell, P. A. Estimating the Rock Volume Bias in Paleobiodiversity Studies. Science 2003, 301 (5631), 358–360.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Schwartz, R. A.; Carew, M. G.; Maksimenko, T. Micro Markets Workbook; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2010.
An edited book
Encyclopedia of Parasitology, Third Edition.; Mehlhorn, H., Ed.; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
Bolten, W. W. NSAIDs. In Local Treatment of Inflammatory Joint Diseases: Benefits and Risks; Kampen, W. U., Fischer, M., Eds.; Springer International Publishing: Cham, 2015; pp 63–69.

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 Infectious Diseases.

Blog post
Andrew, E. Philae Robot Makes Historic Landing On Comet. 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. Paul G. Dembling; OP-6-OH; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1988.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Trump, R. K. Self -Brand Overlap and Dissociation. Doctoral dissertation, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 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
Shear, M. D.; Yourish, K. Vetoed Claim: Trump Is No. 1 In Bills Signed. New York Times. July 17, 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 Infectious Diseases
AbbreviationACS Infect. Dis.
ISSN (online)2373-8227

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