How to format your references using the ACS Macro Letters citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for ACS Macro Letters. 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
Ihde, D. Putting Technology in Its Place. Nature 2000, 404 (6781), 935.
A journal article with 2 authors
Serbina, N. V.; Pamer, E. G. Immunology. Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due. Science 2003, 301 (5641), 1856–1857.
A journal article with 3 authors
Rupar, P. A.; Staroverov, V. N.; Baines, K. M. A Cryptand-Encapsulated Germanium(II) Dication. Science 2008, 322 (5906), 1360–1363.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Hu, X.; Yang, J.; Zi, J.; Chan, C. T.; Ho, K.-M. Experimental Observation of Negative Effective Gravity in Water Waves. Sci. Rep. 2013, 3, 1916.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wilson, R. C. The Hedge Fund Book; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2010.
An edited book
Bou-Sleiman, S. Built-in-Self-Test and Digital Self-Calibration for RF SoCs; Ismail, M., Ed.; SpringerBriefs in Electrical and Computer Engineering; Springer: New York, NY, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
Dermietzel, R.; Meier, C. Gap Junction Expression in Brain Tissues with Focus on Development. In Gap Junctions in Development and Disease; Winterhager, E., Ed.; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2005; pp 83–110.

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 Macro Letters.

Blog post
Hale, T. A Woman Popped A Growth On Her Son’s Knee And Found Something Pretty Gross Inside (accessed Oct 30, 2018).


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. Air Traffic Control: Status of FAA’s Plans to Close and Contract Out Low-Activity Towers; RCED-94-265; 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
Nelson, T. Project Motherhood: A Grant Proposal Project. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 2017.

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
Kelly, S. Children’s Books;The Wonderful World of Dahl. New York Times. May 19, 1996, p 733.

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 Macro Letters
AbbreviationACS Macro Lett.
ISSN (online)2161-1653

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