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
Macilwain C 2000 Charm, not tact, aided pioneer in fight for physics Nature 403 586–7
A journal article with 2 authors
Rappuoli R and Dormitzer P R 2012 Influenza: options to improve pandemic preparation Science 336 1531–3
A journal article with 3 authors
Chisholm M F, Kumar S and Hazzledine P 2005 Dislocations in complex materials Science 307 701–3
A journal article with 99 or more authors
Amelung F, Yun S-H, Walter T R, Segall P and Kim S-W 2007 Stress control of deep rift intrusion at Mauna Loa volcano, Hawaii Science 316 1026–30

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bannwarth H 2005 Liquid Ring Vacuum Pumps, Compressors and Systems (Weinheim, FRG: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA)
An edited book
Mitu B and Poulakidakos S 2016 Media Events: A Critical Contemporary Approach (London: Palgrave Macmillan UK)
A chapter in an edited book
Harrie R P and Kendall C J 2014 Case Study 4 Iris Bombe Around Intraocular Lens Implant Clinical Ophthalmic Echography: A Case Study Approach ed C J Kendall (New York, NY: Springer) pp 9–9

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 High-Fat Diet Made Inuits Healthier But Shorter Thanks To Gene Mutations, Study Finds 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 2001 Tax Systems Modernization: Results of Review of IRS’ Third Expenditure Plan (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
Cooper J 2017 Numerical Modeling of Fluid Flow in a Porous Media Using Python Doctoral dissertation ( Lafayette, LA: University of Louisiana)

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
Dudziak M L 2016 Trump and America’s Promise New York Times A19

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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