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Author names separated with semi-colons. Journal abbreviation and volume are italicized. Year of publication is bolded. Page numbers can be either the initial page or the complete page range. For online sources, include a DOI or URL (DOI is preferred).

If an article has ten or fewer authors, list all of them in your citation. If an article has more than ten authors, list only the first ten, followed by "et al." List author names in the same order that they appear in the published work.

Article titles use title case (ie: capitalize the main words but put words like "the" or "and" in lowercase).

Online Journal Article

Author 1; Author 2; Author 3; etc. Title of Article. Journal Abbreviation [Online] Year, Volume (Issue), Page range. DOI: number


Foster, J. C.; Varlas, S.; Couturaud, B.; Coe, J.; O’Reilly, R. K. Getting into Shape: Reflections on a New Generation of Cylindrical Nanostructures’ Self-Assembly Using Polymer Building Blocks. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141 (7), 2742−2753. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b08648


Vigren, E.; Hamberg, M.; Zhaunerchyk, V.; Kaminska, M.; Semaniak, J.; Larsson, M.; Thomas, R. D.; af Ugglas, M.; Kashperka, I.; Millar, T. J.; et al. Dissociative Recombination of Protonated Formic Acid: Implications for Molecular Cloud and Cometary Chemistry. Astrophys. J.  2010, 709 (2), 1429−1434. DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/709/2/1429

Online Journal Article, Pre-Print

Author 1; Author 2; Author 3; etc. Title of Article. Journal Abbreviation Year, volume (issue), page range. DOI: number (accessed YYYY-MM-DD).

Author 1; Author 2; Author 3; etc. Title of Article. Journal Abbreviation, publication status, page range. DOI: number (accessed YYYY-MM-DD).


Siraj, S.; McRae, C. R.; Wong, D. K. Y. Antifouling Characteristics of a Carbon Electrode Surface Hydrogenated by n-Butylsilane Reduction. Electrochim. Acta 2019, in press, accepted manuscript. DOI: 10.1016/j.electacta.2019.01.188 (accessed 2019-03-06).

Print Journal Article

Author 1; Author 2; Author 3; etc. Title of Article. Journal Abbreviation Year, Volume (Issue), Page range.


Caruso, R. A.; Susha, A.; Caruso, F. Multilayered Titania, Silica, and Laponite Nanoparticle Coatings on Polystyrene Colloidal Templates and Resulting Inorganic Hollow Spheres. Chem. Mater. 2001, 13, 400–409.