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
Rees J 2002 Complex disease and the new clinical sciences Science 296 698–700
A journal article with 2 authors
Yu T and Eberly J H 2009 Sudden death of entanglement Science 323 598–601
A journal article with 3 authors
Koonin E V, Wolf Y I and Karev G P 2002 The structure of the protein universe and genome evolution Nature 420 218–23
A journal article with 99 or more authors
Teixeira A, Tahiri-Alaoui A, West S, Thomas B, Ramadass A, Martianov I, Dye M, James W, Proudfoot N J and Akoulitchev A 2004 Autocatalytic RNA cleavage in the human beta-globin pre-mRNA promotes transcription termination Nature 432 526–30

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Anderson D 2007 TKO Sales! (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
An edited book
Filliettaz L and Billett S 2015 Francophone Perspectives of Learning Through Work: Conceptions, Traditions and Practices vol 12 (Cham: Springer International Publishing)
A chapter in an edited book
Spolski R and Leonard W J 2014 Interleukin-21: A Pleiotropic Mediator of Immunity and Inflammation with Broad Therapeutic Potential Cytokine Frontiers: Regulation of Immune Responses in Health and Disease ed T Yoshimoto and T Yoshimoto (Tokyo: Springer Japan) pp 125–46

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
Hamilton K 2016 Why Getting Babies Into Strict Routines Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be 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 1994 Surface Transportation: Tight Budget Environment Requires Sound Investment Strategy (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 M 2015 Support groups for caregivers of older adults with end stage renal disease: A grant proposal 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
Greenhouse L 2007 Justices Restore Judges’ Control Over Sentencing New York Times A1

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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