How to format your references using the Chinese Journal of Physics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Chinese Journal of 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
R.O. Hynes, Structural biology. Changing partners, Science. 300 (2003) 755–756.
A journal article with 2 authors
K.A. Fitzgerald, D.T. Golenbock, Immunology. The shape of things to come, Science. 316 (2007) 1574–1576.
A journal article with 3 authors
D.C. Ince, L. Hatton, J. Graham-Cumming, The case for open computer programs, Nature. 482 (2012) 485–488.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
B. Cousineau, S. Lawrence, D. Smith, M. Belfort, Retrotransposition of a bacterial group II intron, Nature. 404 (2000) 1018–1021.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
M.J. Kirwan, Handbook of Paper and Paperboard Packaging Technology, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, 2013.
An edited book
D.S. Newcombe, Gout: Basic Science and Clinical Practice, Springer, London, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
R. Bornstein, R. Styrbicki-Imamura, J.E. González, B. Lebassi, Interactions of Global-Warming and Urban Heat Islands in Different Climate-Zones, in: H.J.S. Fernando, Z. Klaić, J.L. McCulley (Eds.), National Security and Human Health Implications of Climate Change, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2012: pp. 49–60.

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 Physics.

Blog post
T. Hale, Tofu Is Providing Green Energy For A Village In Indonesia, IFLScience. (2016). (accessed October 30, 2018).


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, Performance Appraisal Information From Selected Federal Agencies, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1985.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
J.V. Todman, Applicability of health care leadership competence and leadership behaviors for women’s achieving health care executive status, Doctoral dissertation, Capella University, 2016.

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
M. Kelly, THE TRANSITION: The New Team; Clinton Forming Tight Ethics Guides for Transition and Staff Aides, New York Times. (1992) A22.

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 Physics
AbbreviationChin. J. Phys.
ISSN (print)0577-9073
ScopeGeneral Physics and Astronomy

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