How to format your references using the Chemistry and Physics of Lipids citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Chemistry and Physics of Lipids. 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
Adams, J.U., 2015. Genetics: Big hopes for big data. Nature 527, S108-9.
A journal article with 2 authors
Su, C.-Y., Carlson, J.R., 2013. Neuroscience. Circuit logic of avoidance and attraction. Science 340, 1295–1297.
A journal article with 3 authors
Meek, S.A., Conrad, H., Meijer, G., 2009. Trapping molecules on a chip. Science 324, 1699–1702.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Yoshida, R., Tsubota, K., Ishiga, T., Sunagawa, M., Sonoyama, J., Aoki, D., Flouquet, J., Wakita, T., Muraoka, Y., Yokoya, T., 2013. Translational symmetry breaking and gapping of heavy-quasiparticle pocket in URu₂Si₂. Sci. Rep. 3, 2750.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Potter, L., 2012. The Life of William Shakespeare. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Dastani, M., Hübner, J.F., Logan, B. (Eds.), 2013. Programming Multi-Agent Systems: 10th International Workshop, ProMAS 2012, Valencia, Spain, June 5, 2012, Revised Selected Papers, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Wagner, I., Bertacco, V., 2011. Consistency Verification using Data Coloring, in: Bertacco, V. (Ed.), Post-Silicon and Runtime Verification for Modern Processors. Springer US, Boston, MA, pp. 95–126.

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 Chemistry and Physics of Lipids.

Blog post
Hale, T., 2016. Police Use DNA To Create “Sketch” Of Suspected Murderer [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1982. CETA Programs for Disadvantaged Adults: What Do We Know About Their Enrollees, Services, and Effectiveness (No. IPE-82-2). 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
Gada, K.K., 2015. Numerical analyses of passive and active flow control over a micro air vehicle with an optimized airfoil (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Greenhouse, L., 2008. Justices Will Hear Liability Cases With Federal-State Disparity at Issue. New York Times C3.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Adams, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Adams, 2015; Su and Carlson, 2013).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Su and Carlson, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Yoshida et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleChemistry and Physics of Lipids
AbbreviationChem. Phys. Lipids
ISSN (print)0009-3084
Cell Biology
Molecular Biology
Organic Chemistry

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