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
Marshall E 2000 BIOTECHNOLOGY:Disease Group Invests in Do-It-Yourself Drugs Science 288 1715b–7b
A journal article with 2 authors
Ishizaki K and Noda S 2009 Manipulation of photons at the surface of three-dimensional photonic crystals Nature 460 367–70
A journal article with 3 authors
Buehler M J, Abraham F F and Gao H 2003 Hyperelasticity governs dynamic fracture at a critical length scale Nature 426 141–6
A journal article with 99 or more authors
Misewich J A, Martel R, Avouris P, Tsang J C, Heinze S and Tersoff J 2003 Electrically induced optical emission from a carbon nanotube FET Science 300 783–6

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Soustelle M 2011 An Introduction to Chemical Kinetics (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc)
An edited book
Ray S K 2010 Glioblastoma: Molecular Mechanisms of Pathogenesis and Current Therapeutic Strategies (New York, NY: Springer)
A chapter in an edited book
Matsuura K 2009 Productivity Space of Information Security in an Extension of the Gordon-Loeb’s InvestmentModel Managing Information Risk and the Economics of Security ed M E Johnson (Boston, MA: Springer US) pp 99–119

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 New Type Of Exoplanet Discovered 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 1993 High Speed Ground Transportation: Strategic Approach Needed for Introduction of HSGT (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
Lakin B K 2009 Reading First program effects on students with disabilities Doctoral dissertation ( St. Charles, MO: Lindenwood 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
Goldstein J 2017 Inside a Jail in Brooklyn, The Women Live in Fear New York Times A16

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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