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
Giles, J., 2002. Diplomats near pact in simmering debate over transgenic foods. Nature 416, 252.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kneller, E.A., van Keken, P.E., 2007. Trench-parallel flow and seismic anisotropy in the Mariana and Andean subduction systems. Nature 450, 1222–1225.
A journal article with 3 authors
Thitamadee, S., Tuchihara, K., Hashimoto, T., 2002. Microtubule basis for left-handed helical growth in Arabidopsis. Nature 417, 193–196.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Ashfold, M.N.R., Cronin, B., Devine, A.L., Dixon, R.N., Nix, M.G.D., 2006. The role of pisigma* excited states in the photodissociation of heteroaromatic molecules. Science 312, 1637–1640.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Laykin, E., 2013. Investigative Computer Forensics. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Nelson, T., Winawer, H. (Eds.), 2014. Critical Topics in Family Therapy: AFTA Monograph Series Highlights, AFTA SpringerBriefs in Family Therapy. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Teich, T., Militzer, J., Jahn, F., Neumann, T., Kretz, D., 2010. Step Standardized Product Data Representation and Exchange for Optimized Product Development and Automated Process Planning, in: Huang, G.Q., Mak, K.L., Maropoulos, P.G. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 6th CIRP-Sponsored International Conference on Digital Enterprise Technology, Advances in Intelligent and Soft Computing. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 41–56.

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
Luntz, S., 2015. Surgeon Finds Twin In Woman’s Brain [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, 1996. VHA’s Management Improvement Initiative (No. HEHS-96-191R). 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
Narita, D., 2008. Carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) and climate change mitigation: An analysis of economic optimality and policy making (Doctoral dissertation). Columbia University, New York, NY.

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
Kelly, S., 1992. There’s Nothing Like a Dame. New York Times 729.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Giles, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Giles, 2002; Kneller and van Keken, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Kneller and van Keken, 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Ashfold 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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