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Chemistry: Citation Styles and EndNote

Journal Title Abbreviations

ACS style uses abbreviations of journal titles

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The ACS (American Chemical Society) citation style is used by the Department of Chemistry

ACS referencing with EndNote

Locally updated ACS output styles that improve on those in EndNote’s standard package
  • The output styles are available on UC student and staff computers.
    • In EndNote, click the drop-down on the top left of screen and click “Select Another Style…” to find them. Their names all start “ACS-UC-…”; as explained below, the one to choose is probably “ACS-UC-Ungrouped”
  • Since June 2016 they are included in the Additional Files downloadable from the EndNote Guide for your own computer. The output styles are also downloadable individually below.
EndNote converts full journal titles to their abbreviated versions

In short, you add a “terms list” once to your EndNote library (which will work correctly for most journal titles); after that you can add any other titles as required.

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