Answered By: Kathryn Park
Last Updated: Jul 31, 2019     Views: 14002

According to the ACS, a figure (in this case a photo) caption should be placed immediately below its figure. Captions begin with the word “Figure” followed by the figure number.

When cited, figures should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals. When referring to a figure in the text, write out the word “Figure” and use the number.

Example: As shown in Figure 3, the polymer surface has begun to deteriorate

Comments (2)

  1. That is how it is captioned, but how is it cited? Do you use the supra-script number of the reference list like citing a normal paper?
    by LadyCroft on Jun 16, 2018
  2. ACS is not a citation style that we regularly use, so we are not experts on it, but according to a site I found, in your citations it will be formatted like this, with the title in italics:

    Author Surname, Author Initial. Title; Year Published.

    History Channel,. Churchill's Iron Curtain Speech; 2014.

    This website has more information on how to cite using ACS and, as always, feel free to ask your professor, because it's likely they will know more:
    by Isla Jiang on Jun 18, 2018

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