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
Hendrickson W A 2013 Jerome Karle (1918-2013) Nature 499 410
A journal article with 2 authors
Ogata H and Claverie J-M 2008 Microbiology. How to infect a Mimivirus Science 321 1305–6
A journal article with 3 authors
Schefuss E, Schouten S and Schneider R R 2005 Climatic controls on central African hydrology during the past 20,000 years Nature 437 1003–6
A journal article with 99 or more authors
Koranda M, Schleiffer A, Endler L and Ammerer G 2000 Forkhead-like transcription factors recruit Ndd1 to the chromatin of G2/M-specific promoters Nature 406 94–8

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Alrifai T 2015 Islamic Finance and the New Financial System (Singapore: John Wiley & Sons Singapore Pte. Ltd)
An edited book
Mingos D M P 2016 The Chemical Bond I: 100 Years Old and Getting Stronger vol 169 (Cham: Springer International Publishing)
A chapter in an edited book
Foremski P and Grochla K 2015 LTE or WiFi? Client-Side Internet Link Selection for Smartphones Computer Networks: 22nd International Conference, CN 2015, Brunów, Poland, June 16-19, 2015. Proceedings Communications in Computer and Information Science ed P Gaj, A Kwiecień and P Stera (Cham: Springer International Publishing) pp 43–53

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
Fang J 2014 Flexible Electronic Implants Wrap Around Tissues 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 1971 Contract With Education, Training, and Research Sciences Corporation for Processing Applications To Serve in the VISTA Program (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
Jenkins M M 2009 Clinical decision-making and pediatric bipolar disorder Doctoral dissertation (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina)

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
Kelly K and Stevenson A 2017 Doubt After Health Care Defeat Briefly Sends Stocks Tumbling New York Times B1

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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