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What is an ACS citation generator and how can it help you?

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If you need to know more about ACS citations check out our How do I cite in ACS style? section or our detailed ACS citation guides.

Why, when, and what do I have to cite?

The broad scientific knowledge we have today is the accomplishment of many researchers over time. To put your own contribution in context, it is important to cite the work of the researchers who influenced you.

Cited sources can provide key background information, support or dispute your thesis, or offer important definitions and data. Citing also shows that you have personally read the work.

In addition to crediting the ideas of others that you used to build your own argument, you need to provide documentation for all facts and figures that are not common knowledge.

Common knowledge is knowledge that is known by everyone, or nearly everyone, and can basically concern any subject. An example for common knowledge would be "There are seven days in a week".

The number of sources you cite in your work depends on the intent of the paper. In most cases, you will need to cite one or two of the most representative sources for each key point.

However, if you are working on a review article, the aim is to present to the readers everything that has been written on a topic, so you will need to include a more exhaustive list of citations.

What is the ACS citation style?

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The ACS style was developed by the American Chemical Society for academic writing in chemistry. The standards of the ACS style can be found in the ACS Style Guide: Effective Communication of Scientific Information, 3rd ed. (2006), edited by Anne M. Coghill and Lorrin R. Garson, and ACS Style Guide: A Manual for Authors and Editors (1997).

The ACS style uses both numbered and author-date systems. Read below how to create citations in ACS or use BibGuru's free citation generator above to get started immediately with no prior knowledge of the citation style necessary.

How do I cite in ACS style?

In the ACS style, you can cite references in three ways:

  1. By superscript numbers, which appear outside the punctuation if the citation applies to a whole sentence or clause.
  2. By italic numbers in parentheses on the line of text and inside the punctuation.
  3. By author name and year of publication in parentheses inside the punctuation (known as author-date).

In all three systems, the author's name maybe be made part of the sentence. In such a case, in the author-date system, place only the year in parentheses.

With numerical reference citations, start with 1 and number consecutively throughout the paper, including references in text and tables, figures, and other non-text components. If a reference is cited more than once, it does not receive a new number. When citing more than one reference at a time, include reference numbers in increasing order separated by commas.

Whenever authors are named, if a reference has two authors, give both names joined by the word "and". If a reference has more than two authors, give only the first name, followed by "et al." Do not use a comma before et al.; always use a period after al.

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How do I create a reference list in ACS?

The reference list appears at the end of the paper in numerical order if cited by number of in alphabetical order if cited by author-date. A reference list must include certain minimum data:

  • Journal references must include author names, abbreviated journal title, year of publication, volume number, and initial page of cited article (the complete span is better)
  • Book references must include author or editor names, book title, publisher, city of publication, year of publication
  • For material other than books and journals, sufficient information must be provided so that the source can be identified and located

In lists, references always end with a period. Use only the initials of the authors' given names and use full stops and spaces between the initials. Last name comes first. Include all author names in a reference citation. With multiple authors, separate the names from one another by semicolons.


Numbered in-text citation

Leach (1) stated that..

Reference list

1 Leach, P. James Paine's Design For The South Front Of Kedleston Hall: Dating And Sources. Architectural History 1997, 40, 159.

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If you want to know more about ACS citations check out our ACS citation guides to get detailed information on the various publication types.


🕵🏼 What does the BibGuru ACS citation generator do?

The BibGuru ACS citation generator is a software that creates citations and references in ACS style 3rd edition. This online tool is fast, 100% accurate, with a simple and intuitive interface, and completely add free. The BibGuru ACS citation generator will help you focus on the content of your work instead of worrying about getting your reference list done.

👔 Who uses the BibGuru ACS citation generator?

As its name suggests, the American Chemical Society (ACS) style is commonly used in the field of chemistry. Therefore, students of chemistry and similar sciences are usually the ones that use the BibGuru ACS citation generator.

🌂 What type of in-text citations does the BibGuru ACS citation generator create?

There are three ways in which you can create in-text citations with the BibGuru ACS citation generator:

  1. superscript numbers, e.g. The study confirmed it².
  2. italicized numbers in parentheses, e.g. The study confirmed it (2).
  3. author-date reference, e.g. The study confirmed it (Watson, 2018).
🔖 How do I access the official guidelines of ACS style for free?

The official ACS guidelines can be accessed here: ACS Guide to Scholarly Communication, 3rd edition, 2006.

👁️‍🗨️ What edition of ACS style does the BibGuru ACS citation generator use?

The current version is based on the 3rd edition of the ACS Style Guide published by the American Chemical Society in 2006. However, they have an updated and expanded 2020 version in their website, the new ACS Guide to Scholarly Communication.

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