How to format your references using the Annals of Physics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Annals of Physics. For a complete guide how to prepare your manuscript refer to the journal's instructions to authors.

Using reference management software

Typically you don't format your citations and bibliography by hand. The easiest way is to use a reference manager:

PaperpileThe citation style is built in and you can choose it in Settings > Citation Style or Paperpile > Citation Style in Google Docs.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
Mendeley, Zotero, Papers, and othersThe style is either built in or you can download a CSL file that is supported by most references management programs.
BibTeXBibTeX syles are usually part of a LaTeX template. Check the instructions to authors if the publisher offers a LaTeX template for this journal.

Journal articles

Those examples are references to articles in scholarly journals and how they are supposed to appear in your bibliography.

Not all journals organize their published articles in volumes and issues, so these fields are optional. Some electronic journals do not provide a page range, but instead list an article identifier. In a case like this it's safe to use the article identifier instead of the page range.

A journal article with 1 author
T. Chapman, Protein purification: pure but not simple, Nature. 434 (2005) 795–798.
A journal article with 2 authors
Z. Cheng, T.M. Menees, RNA branching and debranching in the yeast retrovirus-like element Ty1, Science. 303 (2004) 240–243.
A journal article with 3 authors
S. Hauf, I.C. Waizenegger, J.M. Peters, Cohesin cleavage by separase required for anaphase and cytokinesis in human cells, Science. 293 (2001) 1320–1323.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
G. Rümpker, T. Ryberg, G. Bock, Desert Seismology Group, Boundary-layer mantle flow under the Dead Sea transform fault inferred from seismic anisotropy, Nature. 425 (2003) 497–501.

Books and book chapters

Here are examples of references for authored and edited books as well as book chapters.

An authored book
D.A. Smith, H. van de Waterbeemd, D.K. Walker, Pharmacokinetics and Metabolism in Drug Design: SMITH: PHARMACOKINETICS AND METABOLISM IN DRUG DESIGN O-BK, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG, 2006.
An edited book
J.J. (jong H. Park, S.-C. Chen, J.-M. Gil, N.Y. Yen, eds., Multimedia and Ubiquitous Engineering, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
R. Carneiro, A.M.V. Simao, Technology Enhanced Environments for Selfregulated Learning in Teaching Practices, in: R. Carneiro, P. Lefrere, K. Steffens, J. Underwood (Eds.), Self-Regulated Learning in Technology Enhanced Learning Environments: A European Perspective, SensePublishers, Rotterdam, 2011: pp. 75–101.

Web sites

Sometimes references to web sites should appear directly in the text rather than in the bibliography. Refer to the Instructions to authors for Annals of Physics.

Blog post
S. Luntz, Symbiotic Partnership Between Monkeys and Wolves Discovered, IFLScience. (2015). (accessed October 30, 2018).


This example shows the general structure used for government reports, technical reports, and scientific reports. If you can't locate the report number then it might be better to cite the report as a book. For reports it is usually not individual people that are credited as authors, but a governmental department or agency like "U. S. Food and Drug Administration" or "National Cancer Institute".

Government report
Government Accountability Office, [Comments on Federal Employee’s Entitlement to Relocation Expenses Pursuant to Proposed Transfer to FAA], U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1987.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
S.Y. Marjanovic, The Role of the Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome Protein in Regulating T Cell Programmed Cell Death Mechanisms and Implications for Autoimmunity in the Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome, Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, 2016.

News paper articles

Unlike scholarly journals, news papers do not usually have a volume and issue number. Instead, the full date and page number is required for a correct reference.

New York Times article
J. Macur, Afterword, New York Times. (2014) B10.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleAnnals of Physics
AbbreviationAnn. Phys. (N. Y.)
ISSN (print)0003-4916
ScopeGeneral Physics and Astronomy

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