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
Dalton R 2000 Astronomers fight to save telescope Nature 406 8
A journal article with 2 authors
Hench L L and Polak J M 2002 Third-generation biomedical materials Science 295 1014–7
A journal article with 3 authors
Trautt Z T, Upmanyu M and Karma A 2006 Interface mobility from interface random walk Science 314 632–5
A journal article with 99 or more authors
Li Y-Y, Wang L-S, Lu X-Z, Yang Z-J, Wang X-M, Zhou C-W, Xu J, Qian Y and Chen A-L 2013 CDKAL1 gene rs7756992 A/G polymorphism and type 2 diabetes mellitus: a meta-analysis of 62,567 subjects Sci. Rep. 3 3131

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Parker D 2011 Global Real Estate Investment Trusts (Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell)
An edited book
Bello F and Cotin S 2014 Biomedical Simulation: 6th International Symposium, ISBMS 2014, Strasbourg, France, October 16-17, 2014. Proceedings vol 8789 (Cham: Springer International Publishing)
A chapter in an edited book
Zecevic N, Rakic S, Jakovcevski I and Filipovic R 2006 Contributions of the Neocortical Svz to Human Brain Development Mammalian Subventricular Zones: Their Roles in Brain Development, Cell Replacement and Disease ed S W Levison (Boston, MA: Springer US) pp 117–58

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
Andrew E 2015 Want Good Conservation? Treat Animals Like Trees, And ‘Plant’ Them In New Areas 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 2001 Federal Trust and Other Earmarked Funds: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (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
Ramirez C 2014 Perceived efficacy of the O*NET Skills Search Tool among individuals with high functioning autism 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
(nyt) S K 2002 World Briefing | Europe: Russia: Floods Wreak Havoc New York Times A11

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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