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ACS (American Chemical Society) Citation Style Guide

General guidelines to ACS citation format

Books

When a book does not have editors it means the entire book is written by one author or is a collaboration between a few authors and you can cite the whole book rather than a specific chapter from the book. The information you'll need to include in your citation is:

  • Names of author(s)
  • Title of book (Italicized)
  • Name of publisher
  • City of publication
  • Year of publication

When accessing a book online also include:

  • That the book is online
  • URL
  • Month, Day, Year the book was accessed

Print Book

Basic format:

Author(s). Title of book. Name of publisher: City, Year.

Example:

Faraday, M. Chemical History of a Candle. Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2011.

Online Book

Basic format:

Author(s). Title [Online]; Publisher: Place of Publication, Year. URL (accessed Month Day, Year).

Example:

Marsden, J. O.; House, I. C. Chemistry of Gold Extraction [Online]; SME: Southfield, MI, 2006. https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/wvu/detail.action?docID=464583# (accessed October 10, 2018).

Book Chapters

Often times a book will have a different author or group of authors for each chapter. These books will have editor(s) as well as authors. Author(s) and editor(s) should be included in your citation. The information you should have in your citation for a book chapter is:

  • Names of author(s)
  • Title of chapter/article in book
  • Title of book (Italicized)
  • Name of editor(s)
  • Name of publisher
  • City of publication
  • Year of publication
  • Pages

When using a chapter from an online book it is important to include:

  • That the book is online
  • URL
  • Month day, year book was accessed

Print Book

Basic format:

Author(s). Title of article. In Title of book; Editor(s); Publisher: City, Year, Pages.

Example:

Backes, C.; Hirsch, A. Noncovalent Functionalization of Carbon Nanotubes. In Chemistry of Nanocarbons; Akasaka, T; Wudl, F.; Nagase, S., Eds.; Wiley: Chichester, 2010, pp 1-48.

Online Book

Basic format:

Author(s). Chapter Title. In Book Title [Online]; Editor(s), Eds.; Publisher: Place of Publication, Year, Pages. URL (accessed Month Day, Year).

Example:

Aguilar, G.; Mazzamaro, G.; Rasberger, M. Oxidative Degradation and Stabilisation of Mineral Oil-Based Lubricants. In Chemistry and Technology of Lubricants [Online]; Mortier, R. M.; Fox, M. F.; Stefan, O. T., Eds; Springer: Dordrecht, 2010, 107-152. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1023/b105569_4 (accessed October 10, 2018).