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
Ibba M 2001 Protein synthesis. Discriminating right from wrong Science 294 70–1
A journal article with 2 authors
Macquaker J H S and Bohacs K M 2007 Geology. On the accumulation of mud Science 318 1734–5
A journal article with 3 authors
Colombani J, Andersen D S and Léopold P 2012 Secreted peptide Dilp8 coordinates Drosophila tissue growth with developmental timing Science 336 582–5
A journal article with 99 or more authors
Gill J A, Norris K, Potts P M, Gunnarsson T G, Atkinson P W and Sutherland W J 2001 The buffer effect and large-scale population regulation in migratory birds Nature 412 436–8

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sigrist J-F 2015 Fluid-Structure Interaction (Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd)
An edited book
Mahmoudi M 2012 Challenging Cases in Pulmonology (New York, NY: Springer)
A chapter in an edited book
Du Y, Wang X and Yao J 2012 Probability Based Timed Compatibility of Web Service Composition Practical Applications of Intelligent Systems: Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Intelligent Systems and Knowledge Engineering, Shanghai, China, Dec 2011 (ISKE2011) Advances in Intelligent and Soft Computing ed Y Wang and T Li (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer) pp 31–9

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 D 2016 Whose Job Is It To Protect The Arctic? 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 1972 Improving the Acquisition of Computer Systems (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
Williams K 2016 From Cribs to Crayons: A Study on the Use of Universal Curriculum and Assessment of Preschool Students and Teachers in the Classroom 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
Herrman J 2016 Who’s Too Young for an App? Testing the Limits 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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