Looking through old documentation for achemso.bst, I noticed that it (at one time?) supported a submitted entry type for articles that have been submitted but not published. I was unable to find any reference to the submitted type in the most recent version of achemso.bst, although it does appear to implement inpress. Oddly enough, BibTeX does not complain when a submitted entry type is used (the resulting reference lacks the journal name and any mention of being submitted) and it is unclear what code is handling this case at compile time. Has this feature been removed or was it never even there? What is the "official" way of handling submitted articles in achemso?

P.S.- I wanted to thank Joseph Wright for the achemso package, which is excellent and very helpful.

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The original author of achemso, Mats Dahlgren, included various non-standard BibTeX entry types in achemso.bst. When I took over the package and revised for v2.0 these non-standard types were retained: the last release on this major branch was 2008/04/16 v2.2i. The bundle was heavily revised in 2010 to properly support submission to the ACS and to address a number of sub-optimal decisions. This included removing several non-standard entry types for BibTeX: inpress and patent were retained (they are useful). The first release of the v3.0 branch is dated 2010/04/29. The submitted type has not bee included since this release.

Notable, BibTeX will use a 'fall-back' type, misc, if the requested entry type is unknown. At the same time, one can use the misc type directly and include essentially all details by hand as howpublished.

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    Perhaps one more for the academia site, but I'd say you should not be referencing 'submitted' articles at all. Until they are accepted they are not available in any form to referees and indeed such references are more-or-less meaningless. If refereeing a paper I'd always comment that such references should be removed.
    – Joseph Wright
    Feb 6, 2015 at 23:16
  • Perhaps with hindsight I'd have left the removed entry types in the code, but I'm not altering that now!
    – Joseph Wright
    Feb 6, 2015 at 23:17
  • Depends on the field tho. In some other fields, it is quite common (necessary) to cite unpublished works.
    – yo'
    Feb 7, 2015 at 0:20
  • @yo' To some extent, but I suspect you are thinking of areas with preprints (_i.e. we are not talking texts which are completely unavailable to reviewers/readers).
    – Joseph Wright
    Feb 7, 2015 at 7:38
  • ACS allows for "submitted for publication" references, but the manuscript of the referenced paper must be included with the submission so that it can be evaluated by reviewers if desired.
    – tarheels
    Feb 8, 2015 at 16:29

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