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
Rogers J A 2010 Journal club. A materials scientist comments on two methods for three-dimensional nanofabrication Nature 467 9
A journal article with 2 authors
Schwabe R F and Wang T C 2012 Cancer. Bacteria deliver a genotoxic hit Science 338 52–3
A journal article with 3 authors
Meindl J D, Chen Q and Davis J A 2001 Limits on silicon nanoelectronics for terascale integration Science 293 2044–9
A journal article with 99 or more authors
Iwata N, Sekiguchi M, Hattori Y, Takahashi A, Asai M, Ji B, Higuchi M, Staufenbiel M, Muramatsu S-I and Saido T C 2013 Global brain delivery of neprilysin gene by intravascular administration of AAV vector in mice Sci. Rep. 3 1472

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Li F 2006 Developing Chemical Information Systems (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
An edited book
Leeuwen J van, Muscholl A, Peleg D, Pokorný J and Rumpe B 2010 SOFSEM 2010: Theory and Practice of Computer Science: 36th Conference on Current Trends in Theory and Practice of Computer Science, Špindlerův Mlýn, Czech Republic, January 23-29, 2010. Proceedings vol 5901 (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer)
A chapter in an edited book
Provencher M T, Frank R F, Gross D J and Golijanin P 2015 Glenoid Normal and Pathological Anatomy of the Shoulder ed G I Bain, E Itoi, G Di Giacomo and H Sugaya (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer) pp 35–45

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 2016 Some Martian Lakes Formed Much Later Than We Expected 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 2000 Student Loans: Direct Loan Default Rates (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
Tucker M S 2010 Phenotypic and genotypic analysis of in vitro selected artemisinin resistant Plasmodium falciparum Doctoral dissertation (Tampa, FL: University of South Florida)

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
Kishkovsky S 2009 Putin’s Party Wins in Regional Elections Across Russia New York Times A6

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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