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
Rummel, J.D., 2000. Survival on the edge: the tube worm’s strategy. Nature 407, 671.
A journal article with 2 authors
Feng, W., Takemoto, K., 2014. Heterogeneity in ecological mutualistic networks dominantly determines community stability. Sci. Rep. 4, 5912.
A journal article with 3 authors
Zhao, B.S., Meijer, G., Schöllkopf, W., 2011. Quantum reflection of He2 several nanometers above a grating surface. Science 331, 892–894.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Eden, A., Gaudet, F., Waghmare, A., Jaenisch, R., 2003. Chromosomal instability and tumors promoted by DNA hypomethylation. Science 300, 455.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Schmidt, A.B., 2011. Financial Markets and Trading. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Sarkar, M., 2013. A Biologically Inspired CMOS Image Sensor, Studies in Computational Intelligence. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Wang, L., Wu, K., Hamdi, M., 2014. Conclusion and Future Work, in: Wu, K., Hamdi, M. (Eds.), Attachment Transmission in Wireless Networks, SpringerBriefs in Computer Science. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 59–61.

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
Andrew, E., 2015. Scientists Discover Teeny Tiny Rare Species Of Shark [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, 2015. Facial Recognition Technology: Commercial Uses, Privacy Issues, and Applicable Federal Law (No. GAO-15-621). 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
Wilson, M.B., 2009. Constructions of childhood found in award -winning children’s literature (Doctoral dissertation). University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.

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
Kishkovsky, S., 2004. “Seagull” Served 3 Ways On Russian Stage Menu. New York Times E3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Rummel, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Feng and Takemoto, 2014; Rummel, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Feng and Takemoto, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Eden et al., 2003)

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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