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
King, J.S., 2012. Genetic tests: Politics and fetal diagnostics collide. Nature 491, 33–34.
A journal article with 2 authors
Chiu, C., Weliky, M., 2003. Neuroscience. Synaptic modification by vision. Science 300, 1890–1891.
A journal article with 3 authors
Jin, J., Ouyang, Z., Wang, Z., 2014. Association of fruit and vegetables with the risk of nasopharyngeal cancer: evidence from a meta-analysis. Sci. Rep. 4, 5229.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Leininger, S., Urich, T., Schloter, M., Schwark, L., Qi, J., Nicol, G.W., Prosser, J.I., Schuster, S.C., Schleper, C., 2006. Archaea predominate among ammonia-oxidizing prokaryotes in soils. Nature 442, 806–809.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Li, P., Marrongelle, K., 2012. Having Success with NSF. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Lee, D., Hong, S. (Eds.), 2010. Information, Security and Cryptology – ICISC 2009: 12th International Conference, Seoul, Korea, December 2-4, 2009, Revised Selected Papers, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Ahmed, R., Boutaba, R., 2014. Collaborative Web Search, in: Boutaba, R. (Ed.), Collaborative Web Hosting: Challenges and Research Directions, SpringerBriefs in Computer Science. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 27–43.

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., 2017. Watch This Stunning Animation About The Hubble Telescope And The Universe [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, 2003. Federal Student Aid: Timely Performance Plans and Reports Would Help Guide and Assess Achievement of Default Management Goals (No. GAO-03-348). 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
Kurum, M., 2009. L-band estimation of forest canopy attenuation by a time-domain analysis of radar backscatter response (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Duerden, J., 2016. Amid Political Strain, Game’s Tension Rises. New York Times B17.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (King, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Chiu and Weliky, 2003; King, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Chiu and Weliky, 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Leininger et al., 2006)

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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