ACS Format Citation Generator for Journal Article: All You Need to Know

Since journals often publish major scientific articles, it’s no wonder that they’re often cited in scientific research papers. Strangely enough, the very name of the article cited is often omitted in reference. Here, we will describe the basics of journal article citation using the style created by the American Chemistry Society.

Please note that as of writing of this guide, the 3rd edition of the ACS style guide is being universally used. However, a new edition will be released soon, offering refined norms of the ACS referencing style for journal article sources, which we will integrate immediately into our generator.

ACS in text journal citation

ACS in text journal citation rules are the same for all kinds of sources cited. Two ways are offered to choose from.

  1. First, you can cite the author’s name and the date of publishing in italics at the end of the cited piece (wrapped in parentheses). Note that if you use the name of the author in such citation, you only need to provide the date of the publication in parentheses after such name being used in the text.
  2. If you are unwilling to disclose all the information about the article in the in text citation, you can simply provide the number under which the article is provided in the reference list for identification purposes. Such number can be either in italics or a superscript one. Place it at the end of the cited piece or right after the author’s name.

Examples:

  1. Author/date:
    A physicist is an atom’s way of knowing about atoms. (Wald, 1950) OR Wald (1950) states that a physicist is an atom’s way of knowing about atoms.
  2. Number in italics:
    An experiment is a question which science poses to Nature, and a measurement is the recording of Nature’s answer. (2) OR Planck (2) states that An experiment is a question which science poses to Nature, and a measurement is the recording of Nature’s answer.
  3. Superscript number:
    A fact acquires its true and full value only through the idea which is developed from it.2 OR Von Liebig2 states that a fact acquires its true and full value only through the idea which is developed from it

As the in-text citations, especially numeric ones, don’t require any specific knowledge, our online citation generator is primarily designed for reference list citations.

ACS referencing style for journal article in the references list

When it comes to referencing journal articles in the reference list, the following rules are applied by our free ACS journal article citation generator:

  1. Articles in scientific journals with multiple authors:
    Author 1; Author 2; Author 3; etc. Name of the article Name of the journal abbreviated according to CASSI guidelines publication year, volume, pages
  2. Articles in non-scientific magazines:
    Author 1. Article Name. Name of the Magazine, month and year published, pages
  3. Articles from online journals:
    Author 1, Article Name. Name of the Journal [Online] publication year, volume, pages URL of the article (accessed [date of last access]).

These are only general requirements and more specific norms will apply. For instance, a list of standard abbreviations of journals and names of conference proceedings is used in the corresponding field. The full list is provided in the Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index or CASSI in short.

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