How to format your references using the Annual Review of Condensed Matter Physics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Annual Review of Condensed Matter 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Burrows A. 2000. Nature. 403(6771):727–33
A journal article with 2 authors
Simon R, Stahl Y. 2006. Science. 313(5788):773–74
A journal article with 3 authors
Barwick B, Flannigan DJ, Zewail AH. 2009. Nature. 462(7275):902–6
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Kim T-T, Oh SS, Park H-S, Zhao R, Kim S-H, et al. 2014. Sci. Rep. 4:5864

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
James L. 2014. Sustainability Footprints in SMEs. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc
An edited book
Oswalt TD, Bond HE, eds. 2013. Planets, Stars and Stellar Systems: Volume 2: Astronomical Techniques, Software, and Data. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands. 38 illus. in color. eReference p.
A chapter in an edited book
Bhansali A, Aggarwal A, Parthan G, Gogate Y. 2016. In Clinical Rounds in Endocrinology: Volume II - Pediatric Endocrinology, ed A Aggarwal, G Parthan, Y Gogate, pp. 131–70. New Delhi: Springer India

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 Annual Review of Condensed Matter Physics.

Blog post
Davis J. 2015. Cooperating Ants Follow A Leader When Moving Food. IFLScience.


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. 1992. The Readiness Goal. 147977, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Yamada M. 2008. The role of the TRANSPORT INHIBITOR RESPONSE2 (TIR2) gene in auxin synthesis in Arabidopsis. Doctoral dissertation thesis. Indiana University

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
Kenigsberg B. 2017. New York Times, Sep. 7, p. C6

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in parentheses:

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 titleAnnual Review of Condensed Matter Physics
AbbreviationAnnu. Rev. Condens. Matter Phys.
ISSN (print)1947-5454
ISSN (online)1947-5462
ScopeGeneral Materials Science
Condensed Matter Physics

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