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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Chinese Physics Letters. 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
[1]
Saibil H R 2013 Biochemistry. Machinery to reverse irreversible aggregates Science 339 1040–1
A journal article with 2 authors
[1]
Ebert D H and Greenberg M E 2013 Activity-dependent neuronal signalling and autism spectrum disorder Nature 493 327–37
A journal article with 3 authors
[1]
Wang S, Hashimoto N and Ohnuki S 2013 Hydrogen-induced change in core structures of {110}[111] edge and {110}[111] screw dislocations in iron Sci. Rep. 3 2760
A journal article with 99 or more authors
[1]
Germano G, Lamba S, Rospo G, Barault L, Magrì A, Maione F, Russo M, Crisafulli G, Bartolini A, Lerda G, Siravegna G, Mussolin B, Frapolli R, Montone M, Morano F, de Braud F, Amirouchene-Angelozzi N, Marsoni S, D’Incalci M, Orlandi A, Giraudo E, Sartore-Bianchi A, Siena S, Pietrantonio F, Di Nicolantonio F and Bardelli A 2017 Inactivation of DNA repair triggers neoantigen generation and impairs tumour growth Nature 552 116–20

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
[1]
Meyer V R 2013 Pitfalls and Errors of HPLC in Pictures (Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA)
An edited book
[1]
Zayas V and Hazan C 2015 Bases of Adult Attachment: Linking Brain, Mind and Behavior (New York, NY: Springer)
A chapter in an edited book
[1]
Andrew P and Montenero A S 2007 Cryocatheter Ablation for Atrial Flutter Current News in Cardiology: Proceedings of the Mediterranean Cardiology Meeting (Taormina, May 20–22, 2007) ed M M Gulizia (Milano: Springer) pp 29–40

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 Letters.

Blog post
[1]
Andrews R 2017 Anti-Pollution And Anti-Corruption Laws To Be Repealed By Congress IFLScience

Reports

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
[1]
Government Accountability Office 1982 Army Needs Better Data To Develop Policies for Sole and Inservice Parents (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
[1]
Powers D L 2010 Teachers’ perceptions of the effects of No Child Left Behind on classroom instruction: A cross case analysis applying Dewey’s theory of instructional methods 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
[1]
Wagner J 2017 Wealth of Experience on the Mets’ Roster Comes With a Painful Cost New York Times SP5

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 Letters
AbbreviationChin. Physics Lett.
ISSN (print)0256-307X
ISSN (online)1741-3540
ScopeGeneral Physics and Astronomy

Other styles