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Before submitting an article to a journal, check the guidelines for submission or instructions for authors. These are usually located on the front or back cover of a journal, or on the publisher's or society's web page.  For more resources on writing styles or citation guidelines, check the Cameo library catalog.



  • The ACS Style Guide: A Manual for Authors and Editors. 2nd ed. Washington, D.C.: American Chemical Society, 1997.
    ENGR&SCI REF QD8.5 .A25 2006
    MELLON REF PN160 .A512 2006
  • Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index (CASSI). Columbus, Ohio: Chemical Abstracts Service 1907-1994, supplements.
    ENGR&SCI REF-DESK 540.5 C511
    Use CASSI to determine correct journal abbreviations.


  • The Chicago Manual of Style  (Online)
  • Chicago Manual of Style. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
    ENGR&SCI REF Z253 .C57 15TH 2003
    HUNT REF-1 PE1408 .C5 15TH 2003
    MELLON REF PE1408 .C5 15TH 2003
    Older editions are located in the Hunt Library stacks, 2nd floor and are available for check out.
  • How to prepare a scientific doctoral dissertation based on research articles. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012  HUNT Stacks LB2369 .G87 2012.
  • How to succeed as a scientist from post doc to professor. (Online)
  • How to write a successful science thesis. Weinheim: Wiley-VCH, 2006.
    HUNT Stacks LB2369 .R87 2006
    SORRELLS ENG SCI Stacks LB2369 .R87 2006
  • How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper. 3rd ed. Phoenix: Oryx Press, 1988.
    HUNT Stacks  T11 .D33 2011
    MELLON Stacks T11 .D33 2006
    MELLON Stacks T11 .D33 2011
  • A manual for writers of term papers, theses, and dissertations. 6th ed. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1996.
    HUNT LB2369 .T8 1996
    MELLON REF LB2369 .T8 1996
  • Pocket book of technical writing for engineers and scientists. 3rd ed. Boston : McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2008.
    HUNT T11 .F53 2008
  • Scientific style and format : the CSE manual for authors, editors, and publishers. 7th ed. Reston, Va. : Council of Science Editors, 2006. MELLON REF T11 .S386 2006
  • Scientific Writing and Communication papers, proposals and presentations 2nd ed New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.  MELLON  Q223 .H63 2014.
  • So you want to be a scientist. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.SORRELLS ENG SCI Stacks Q180 .A1 S338 2009.
  • Writing chemistry patents and intellectual property: a practical guide. (Online)  Also at MELLON Stacks TP210 .W35 2011
  • Writing scientific research articles: strategy and steps. (Online) Also at MELLON T11 .C37 2009.



Citation Tools helps to  organize , manage and format citations for your research. Carnegie Mellon University Libraries recommends and supports EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero

EndNote Online  is a commercial reference management software package, used to manage bibliographies and references when writing essays and articles. The online version is free to Carnegie Mellon faculty, students and staff  compliments of Thomas Reuter's Web of Science.

Mendeley  a free desktop and web program for managing and sharing research papers, discovering research data and collaborating online.

Zotero   a free tool that collects, manages, and cites research sources.

To learn more  go to the Citation Management Support guide

Other Managemet Tools

Readcube  a free desktop and browser-based program for managing, annotating, and accessing academic research articles.

RefWorks  an online research management, writing and collaboration tool