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
J.M. Crow, Therapeutics: Silencing psoriasis, Nature. 492 (2012) S58-9.
A journal article with 2 authors
J.C. Liou, N.L. Johnson, Planetary science. Risks in space from orbiting debris, Science. 311 (2006) 340–341.
A journal article with 3 authors
S. Saavedra, F. Reed-Tsochas, B. Uzzi, A simple model of bipartite cooperation for ecological and organizational networks, Nature. 457 (2009) 463–466.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
H. Pang, C. Wei, X. Li, G. Li, Y. Ma, S. Li, J. Chen, J. Zhang, Microwave-assisted synthesis of NiS2 nanostructures for supercapacitors and cocatalytic enhancing photocatalytic H2 production, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 3577.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J. Billingsley, Essentials of Mechatronics, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2006.
An edited book
M. Hobbs, A.M. Goscinski, W. Zhou, eds., Distributed and Parallel Computing: 6th International Conference on Algorithms and Architectures for Parallel Processing, ICA3PP, Melbourne, Australia, October 2-3, 2005. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2005.
A chapter in an edited book
R. Sundmacher, J. Stammen, Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Diseases of the Anterior Segment, in: R. Sundmacher (Ed.), Color Atlas of Herpetic Eye Diseases: A Practical Guide to Clinical Management, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2009: pp. 159–162.

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
E. Andrew, Happy Endings: The Ins And Outs Of Clinical Sexology, 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, Year 2000 Computing Challenge: Labor Has Progressed But Selected Systems Remain at Risk, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1999.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
S.R. Abraham, Using Self-Monitoring and Goal Setting to Increase Swimming in Adults, Doctoral dissertation, University of South Florida, 2015.

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
B. Brantley, A Potluck of Anxiety as a Family Gathers in an Election Season, New York Times. (2016) C3.

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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