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Compiled by N.J. Butkovich – August 2001 Listing sources of information at the end of a paper is an important part of professional scholarship and writing. Many rd disciplines have specific requirements for the layout of these references. In chemistry the standard is the ACS Style Guide, 3 ed., published by the American Chemical Society. Chapter 6 ofthat publication is devoted to references and contains many examples. This Guide is not a substitute for the ACS Style Guide. It includes most commonly asked questions, but it doesn’t have every possible document type or variation that could occur. I’ve also included notations of the appropriate pages in the ACS Style Guide.


Two commonlyencountered exceptions to the rules are below. Instructions in the NIST Chemistry WebBook indicate that it should be cited like a book even though it is a web site. (Based on ACS Style Guide p 197)

Stein, S.E. IR and Mass Spectra. In NIST Chemistry WebBook; Mallard, W.G.; Linstrom, P.J., Eds. NIST Standard Reference Database Number 69; National Institute of Standards and Technology: Gaithersburg, MD,(February) 2000, 1,2-Ethanediol (http://webbook.nist.gov).
Organic Syntheses and Inorganic Syntheses, although they look like books, are commonly cited like journals…except that book format should be used for the collective volumes of Organic Syntheses. (based on ACS Style Guide p 185 and p 196) Journal format: Yamamoto, T. Inorg. Synth. 1989, 26, 204-207. Book format: Organic Syntheses; Wiley &Sons: New York, 1998; IX, pp 432-435.

There are some variations if the item being indexed is not a journal article.

Journal article indexed in a print publication; p.185. Ferch, H. Highly Dispersive Filler for Emulsion Paints. Plastics, Paint Rubber 1966, 10, 85-86; Chem. Abstr., 1966, 17198g.
Journal article indexed in web-based index; based on p.185 and p.212.

Beharry, S.;Bragg, P.D. Properties of Bound Inorganic Phosphate on Bovine Mitochondrial F1F0-ATP Synthase. J. Bioenerg. Biomembr. 2001, 33, 35-42; PubMed http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed/, PMID=11460924 (accessed July 2001). BOOKS:
There are many different variations on how to properly cite books. Whether or not the book is in a series, has an editor, is cited in its entirety or only in part, has differenteditions, etc. can all cause variations in the format. Basic citation format; p.186-195.

Beall, H.; Trimbur, J. A Short Guide to Writing about Chemistry, 2nd ed.; Longman: New York, 2001; pp 17-32.
Chapter; p.188.

Richey, H.G., Jr., Ed. Grignard Reagents: New Developments; John Wiley & Sons: Chicester, U.K., 2000; Chapter 8. ACS series, entire volume; p.196-197. Geochemical Transformation ofSedimentary Sulfur; Vairavamurthy, M.A.; Schoonen, M.A.A., Eds; ACS Symposium Series 612; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 1995. ACS series, chapter in book; p.196-197. Cornwell, J.C.; Sampou, P.A. In Geochemical Transformation of Sedimentary Sulfur; Vairavamurthy, M.A.; Schoonen, M.A.A., Eds.; ACS Symposium Series 612; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 1995, pp 224-242. Non-ACSseries, one author for whole volume, no editor; p.197 Taber, D.F. Intramolecular Diels-Alder and Alder Ene Reactions; Reactivity and Structure Concepts in Organic Chemistry, Vol. 18; Springer-Verlag: Berlin, 1984. Non-ACS series, edited with separately authored chapters; p.197 Martin, C.R.; Mitchell, D.T. In Electroanalytical Chemistry: A Series of Advances, Vol. 21, Bard, A.J.; Rubinstein, I.,Eds.; Marcel Dekker: New York, 1999; pp 1-74. DATA SETS: based on p 197 The Sadtler Standard Spectra: 300 MHz Proton NMR Standards; Bio-Rad, Sadlter Div.: Philadelphia, PA, 1994; no. 7640 (1-Chloropentane). DISSERTATIONS AND THESES: p 201-202 King, K.J. Development of a Pressurized System for Oxidation Studies of Volatile Fluids. M.S. Thesis, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA,...
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