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
Meyer E 2015 Physics. Controlling friction atom by atom Science 348 1089
A journal article with 2 authors
Junge W and Nelson N 2005 Structural biology. Nature’s rotary electromotors Science 308 642–4
A journal article with 3 authors
Hastings I M, Bray P G and Ward S A 2002 Parasitology. A requiem for chloroquine Science 298 74–5
A journal article with 99 or more authors
Rosenberg A B, Roco C M, Muscat R A, Kuchina A, Sample P, Yao Z, Graybuck L T, Peeler D J, Mukherjee S, Chen W, Pun S H, Sellers D L, Tasic B and Seelig G 2018 Single-cell profiling of the developing mouse brain and spinal cord with split-pool barcoding Science 360 176–82

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rumelhard C, Algani C and Billabert A-L 2013 Microwave Photonic Links (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
An edited book
Ananthakrishnan A N 2016 Nutritional Management of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases: A Comprehensive Guide (Cham: Springer International Publishing)
A chapter in an edited book
Brandolini A, Casadio P, Cipollone P, Magnani M, Rosolia A and Torrini R 2007 Employment Growth in Italy in the 1990s: Institutional Arrangements and Market Forces Social Pacts, Employment and Growth: A Reappraisal of Ezio Tarantelli’s Thought AIEL Series in Labour Economics ed N Acocella and R Leoni (Heidelberg: Physica-Verlag HD) pp 31–68

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 2014 Mesmerizing Gif Shows Cell Division 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 2002 Highway Infrastructure: Interstate Physical Conditions Have Improved, but Congestion and Other Pressures Continue (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
Joshi T 2010 Understanding gold nanoisland formation using transport measurement Doctoral dissertation (Long Beach, CA: California State University, Long Beach)

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
Saslow L 2007 After the Storm, a Sigh of Relief New York Times LI2

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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