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
Khodakhah K 2015 Neuroscience: Decrypting a brain enigma Nature 526 326–7
A journal article with 2 authors
Conley M E and Fruman D A 2013 Genetics. Can cancer drugs treat immunodeficiency? Science 342 814–5
A journal article with 3 authors
Yonekura K, Maki-Yonekura S and Namba K 2003 Complete atomic model of the bacterial flagellar filament by electron cryomicroscopy Nature 424 643–50
A journal article with 99 or more authors
Castelo-Branco M, Goebel R, Neuenschwander S and Singer W 2000 Neural synchrony correlates with surface segregation rules Nature 405 685–9

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Tschirhart M and Bielefeld W 2012 Managing Nonprofit Organizations (San Francisco: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
An edited book
Bonato V, Bouganis C and Gorgon M 2016 Applied Reconfigurable Computing: 12th International Symposium, ARC 2016 Mangaratiba, RJ, Brazil, March 22–24, 2016 Proceedings vol 9625 (Cham: Springer International Publishing)
A chapter in an edited book
Moore F A and Moore L J 2013 Damage Control Laparotomy in Surgical Sepsis Common Problems in Acute Care Surgery ed L J Moore, K L Turner and S R Todd (New York, NY: Springer) pp 51–8

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
O`Callaghan J 2015 IceCube Observatory Confirms The Discovery Of Cosmic Neutrinos 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 1983 Financial Information Lacking on Government Telecommunications Services and Equipment (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
Gage J D 2009 An inconsistency-based approach for sensing assessment in unknown environments Doctoral dissertation (Tampa, FL: University of South Florida)

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
Baker A L and Mueller B 2016 A Shooting, the Hospital and Then, Months Later, a Homicide New York Times A1

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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