How to format your references using the Brazilian Journal of Physics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Brazilian Journal 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.
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
1. D. S. Wilcove, Science 308, 1422 (2005).
A journal article with 2 authors
1. D. Derse and G. Heidecker, Science 299, 1670 (2003).
A journal article with 3 authors
1. A. Banerjee, W. L. Santos, and G. L. Verdine, Science 311, 1153 (2006).
A journal article with 4 or more authors
1. O. N. Bjørnstad, S. M. Sait, N. C. Stenseth, D. J. Thompson, and M. Begon, Nature 409, 1001 (2001).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Center for Chemical Process Safety, Guidelines for Safe Automation of Chemical Processes (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 1993).
An edited book
1. A. Banerjee, SystemC and SystemC-AMS in Practice: SystemC 2.3, 2.2 and SystemC-AMS 1.0 (Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2014).
A chapter in an edited book
1. K.-S. Soh, in The Primo Vascular System: Its Role in Cancer and Regeneration, edited by K.-S. Soh, K. A. Kang, and D. K. Harrison (Springer, New York, NY, 2012), pp. 25–39.

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 Brazilian Journal of Physics.

Blog post
1. E. Andrew, IFLScience (2015).


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
1. Government Accountability Office, Close Air Support: Principal Issues and Aircraft Choices (U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1971).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. D. N. Nguyen, Career Decision Process of First Generation Vietnamese American College Students, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2012.

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
1. LISA W. FODERARO; Reporting for this article was contributed by Ford Fessenden, as well as by Kathleen McGrory in Westchester, F. Akhtar, Sophia Chang on, J. Koblin, Nate Schweber in, A. Lazo, and A. S. in Connecticut, New York Times 14LI5 (2006).

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 titleBrazilian Journal of Physics
AbbreviationBraz. J. Phys.
ISSN (print)0103-9733
ISSN (online)1678-4448
ScopeGeneral Physics and Astronomy

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