How to format your references using the Chemical Physics Letters citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Chemical Physics Letters. 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
D. Grünbaum, Ecology. Why did you Lévy?, Science. 332 (2011) 1514–1515.
A journal article with 2 authors
J.S.B. Wyithe, A. Loeb, A characteristic size of approximately 10 Mpc for the ionized bubbles at the end of cosmic reionization, Nature. 432 (2004) 194–196.
A journal article with 3 authors
N. Wigginton, J. Yeston, D. Malakoff, Working with waste. More treasure than trash. Introduction, Science. 337 (2012) 662–663.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
G. Yao, Z. Luo, F. Pan, W. Xu, Y.P. Feng, X.-S. Wang, Evolution of topological surface states in antimony ultra-thin films, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 2010.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
L.D. Wesley, Geotechnical Engineering in Residual Soils, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2010.
An edited book
J.H.L. Hansen, P. Boyraz, K. Takeda, H. Abut, eds., Digital Signal Processing for In-Vehicle Systems and Safety, Springer, New York, NY, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
G. Heaslip, I. Haavisto, G. Kovács, Cash as a Form of Relief, in: C.W. Zobel, N. Altay, M.P. Haselkorn (Eds.), Advances in Managing Humanitarian Operations, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016: pp. 59–78.

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 Chemical Physics Letters.

Blog post
J. Fang, High-Fructose Corn Syrup is More Toxic to Mice than Table Sugar, 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, ADP Acquisitions: SSA Should Limit ADP Procurements Until Further Testing Is Performed, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1986.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
S.R. Witt, A Study of the Relationship of Online Course Factors and Passing or Failing an Online Course, Doctoral dissertation, Capella University, 2017.

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
R. Kennedy, M. Davey, Detroit’s Creditors Eye Its Art Collection, New York Times. (2013) C1.

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 titleChemical Physics Letters
AbbreviationChem. Phys. Lett.
ISSN (print)0009-2614
ScopePhysical and Theoretical Chemistry
General Physics and Astronomy

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