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
Koen, D., 2005. Nuts and bolts. Nature 433, 554.
A journal article with 2 authors
Pouille, F., Scanziani, M., 2001. Enforcement of temporal fidelity in pyramidal cells by somatic feed-forward inhibition. Science 293, 1159–1163.
A journal article with 3 authors
Luo, Z.X., Cifelli, R.L., Kielan-Jaworowska, Z., 2001. Dual origin of tribosphenic mammals. Nature 409, 53–57.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Aizenberg, J., Muller, D.A., Grazul, J.L., Hamann, D.R., 2003. Direct fabrication of large micropatterned single crystals. Science 299, 1205–1208.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Shuttleworth, W.J., 2012. Terrestrial Hydrometeorology. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Montoya Sánchez de Pablo, J., 2016. How Green are Electric or Hydrogen-Powered Cars?: Assessing GHG Emissions of Traffic in Spain, SpringerBriefs in Energy. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Montijano, E., Sagüés, C., 2015. Fast Consensus with Chebyshev Polynomials, in: Sagüés, C. (Ed.), Distributed Consensus with Visual Perception in Multi-Robot Systems. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 89–126.

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
Andrew, E., 2014. Why do some controversies persist despite the evidence? [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, 1987. Federal Aviation Administration’s Acquisition of the Advanced Automation System (No. T-IMTEC-87-6). 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
Gilmore, A.G., 2017. Quantification of oxidative reaction efficiencies for hydroxyl radical oxidized antibiotics (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
Wagner, J., 2016. From Awe (Kershaw) to Anguish (Bullpen) to Survival (Game 5). New York Times B9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Koen, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Koen, 2005; Pouille and Scanziani, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Pouille and Scanziani, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Aizenberg 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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