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
D’Amico, N., 2009. Astronomy. Pinpointing gravity. Science 323, 1299–1300.
A journal article with 2 authors
Cassenaer, S., Laurent, G., 2012. Conditional modulation of spike-timing-dependent plasticity for olfactory learning. Nature 482, 47–52.
A journal article with 3 authors
Max, C.E., Canalizo, G., de Vries, W.H., 2007. Locating the two black holes in NGC 6240. Science 316, 1877–1880.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Ge, X.-L., Zhang, Y., Wu, Y., Lv, J., Zhang, W., Jin, Z.-B., Qu, J., Gu, F., 2014. Identification of a novel GJA8 (Cx50) point mutation causes human dominant congenital cataracts. Sci. Rep. 4, 4121.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kamso, N., Ng, T.M., 2013. Investing in Islamic Funds. John Wiley & Sons, Singapore Pte. Ltd.
An edited book
Ram, A.R., 2012. Video Analysis and Repackaging for Distance Education. Springer, New York, NY.
A chapter in an edited book
Wang, C., Balch, W.E., 2016. Managing the Adaptive Proteostatic Landscape: Restoring Resilience in Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, in: Wanner, A., Sandhaus, R.A. (Eds.), Alpha-1 Antitrypsin: Role in Health and Disease, Respiratory Medicine. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 53–83.

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. New Dog Robot Can Run and Climb Just Like The Real Thing [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, 1991. U.S. Telecommunications Policy: Demand Dictates Supply (No. 144265). 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
Allen, S.D., 2014. Putting out fires: How communication professionals understand and practice conflict resolution (Doctoral dissertation). University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD.

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
Billard, M., 2010. Shop Till You’re Thirsty. New York Times E6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (D’Amico, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Cassenaer and Laurent, 2012; D’Amico, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Cassenaer and Laurent, 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Ge et al., 2014)

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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