How to format your references using the Chinese Journal of Chemical Physics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Chinese Journal of Chemical Physics. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Kelley K A 2014 Geophysics. Inside Earth runs hot and cold Science 344 51–2
A journal article with 2 authors
Wang D and Fernandez-Martinez A 2012 Materials science. Order from disorder Science 337 812–3
A journal article with 3 authors
Ur J A, Karsgaard P and Oates J 2007 Early urban development in the Near East Science 317 1188
A journal article with 99 or more authors
Bodin K, Ellmerich S, Kahan M C, Tennent G A, Loesch A, Gilbertson J A, Hutchinson W L, Mangione P P, Gallimore J R, Millar D J, Minogue S, Dhillon A P, Taylor G W, Bradwell A R, Petrie A, Gillmore J D, Bellotti V, Botto M, Hawkins P N and Pepys M B 2010 Antibodies to human serum amyloid P component eliminate visceral amyloid deposits Nature 468 93–7

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Haas T C 2011 Improving Natural Resource Management (Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd)
An edited book
Dastani M, Hübner J F and Logan B 2013 Programming Multi-Agent Systems: 10th International Workshop, ProMAS 2012, Valencia, Spain, June 5, 2012, Revised Selected Papers vol 7837 (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer)
A chapter in an edited book
Takahashi A 2016 Diagnosis of Lateral Extensions Endoscopic Diagnosis of Superficial Gastric Cancer for ESD ed T Oyama (Tokyo: Springer Japan) pp 29–37

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 Chinese Journal of Chemical Physics.

Blog post
Andrew E 2015 Hungry Spiderlings Cannibalize Their Mother IFLScience


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 2016 Social Security Offsets: Improvements to Program Design Could Better Assist Older Student Loan Borrowers with Obtaining Permitted Relief (Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office)

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
DeVito M A 2015 Facebook Family Values: A News Feed Hierarchy Of Needs Doctoral dissertation (Washington, DC: George Washington University)

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
(nyt) S K 2001 World Briefing | Outer Space: Workout For Spacewalkers New York Times A14

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleChinese Journal of Chemical Physics
ISSN (print)1674-0068

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