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Chemistry information resources: Citing & writing

Chemistry and scientific style guides

Having a hard time decoding journal abbreviations?
Use UBC's Journal Abbreviation search tool or the CAS Source Index to figure out the full title of a journal from its abbreviation. E.g. Aust. J. Chem. is the Australian Journal of Chemistry.

Writing, publishing and presenting

  • Writing for science and engineering: papers, presentations and reports [print
  • Scientific writing and communication: papers, proposals, and presentations [print]
  • How to write and publish a scientific paper, 7th ed. [print
  • Guide to publishing a scientific paper [print]
  • How to write and illustrate scientific papers [print
  • Write like a chemist: a guide and resource [print or online]
  • Presentation skills for scientists: a practical guide [print
  • Presenting science: a practical guide to giving a good talk [print]
  • Art of scientific writing: from student reports to professional publications in chemistry and related fields [print
  • Craft of scientific presentations: critical steps to succeed and critical errors to avoid [print or online]
  • From research to manuscript: a guide to scientific writing
  • Science and technical writing: a manual of style [print and online]
  • Scientists must speak: bringing presentations to life [print or online]
  • Writing for science [print or online]

Citation Management Tools

Citation or reference management tools collect your journal article, book, or other document citations together in one place, and help you create properly formatted bibliographies in almost any style — in seconds.  Citation management tools help you keep track of your sources while you work and store your references for future use and reuse.

Tools & information for authors

For more information on Authors' rights and Open Access, see the SFU Library Scholarly Publishing page.

Author guidelines by journal publisher

Copyright and author's rights

Open Access options for authors

The SFU Open Access Fund covers the article processing charges associated with Open Access journals:

Some subscription-based journals also provide the author with the option to pay an article processing charge to make their article freely accessible. 

Authors can also submit their work to Summit, SFU's Research Repository. SUMMIT is used to communicate the results of faculty and graduate research back to the community, or comply with funder requirements such as those from CIHR and others.