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CHEM 150 Honors (Roberts)

Chemistry Journals

Journal of Chemical Research
Progress in Polymer Science
Surface Science Reports
Nano Today
Coordination Chemistry Reviews
Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology

Anatomy of a Scholarly Article

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The ACS style is a set of standards for writing documents relating to chemistry, including a standard method of citation in academic publications, developed by the American Chemical Society (ACS).

What is a scholarly journal?

Scholarly (or Academic or Peer-Reviewed) Articles are:

  • Written by experts in the subject
  • Published in a scholarly journal
  • Peer-reviewed

These articles:

  • Share the expert's original research
  • Use technical language
  • Use many in-text citations
  • Include lengthy references
  • Often include tables, charts, and graphs
  • Do not usually have advertisements

What is a Primary Source?

In the Science discipline, Primary Sources include (but are not limited to):

  • Research studies or scientific experiments
  • Papers and proceedings from scientific conferences or meetings
  • Dissertations and Theses
  • Technical Reports
  • Patents


Most articles in scientific databases will be both scholarly and primary resources. But, secondary sources source do exist. They include:

  • Publications about the significance of research or experiments
  • Review of the results of several experiments or trials
  • Analysis of a clinical trial
  • Letters to the editor, editorials, perspectives