How to format your references using the Chinese Physics B citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Chinese Physics B. 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
Zhu Z 2015 Astrophysics: Growing planet brought to light Nature 527 310–1
A journal article with 2 authors
Perez J E and Bashirullah A K 2000 Bureaucracy strangles Latin American research Nature 405 273
A journal article with 3 authors
Hashiyama K, Hayashi Y and Kobayashi S 2011 Drosophila Sex lethal gene initiates female development in germline progenitors Science 333 885–8
A journal article with 99 or more authors
Al-Dirini F, Hossain F M, Nirmalathas A and Skafidas E 2014 All-graphene planar self-switching MISFEDs, Metal-Insulator-Semiconductor Field-Effect Diodes Sci. Rep. 4 3983

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Prud’Homme R 2013 Flows and Chemical Reactions in Homogeneous Mixtures (Hoboken, NJ USA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
An edited book
Hossain E 2009 Heterogeneous Wireless Access Networks: Architectures and Protocols (Boston, MA: Springer US)
A chapter in an edited book
MacBride F 2007 On Finite Hume The Arché Papers on the Mathematics of Abstraction The Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science ed R T Cook (Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands) pp 85–93

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 Physics B.

Blog post
Carpineti A 2017 Physicists Test Entropy In A Non-Equilibrium System For The First Time 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 Federal Procurement of ADP 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
Viramontes M 2009 Parenting styles and practices and their impact on school behavior Doctoral dissertation (Long Beach, CA: California State University, Long Beach)

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
Hodgman J 2017 Bonus Advice From Judge John Hodgman New York Times MM18

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 Physics B
AbbreviationChin. Physics B
ISSN (print)1674-1056
ScopeGeneral Physics and Astronomy

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