How to format your references using the Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
S. Buckingham, Seeing is believing, Nature. 425 (2003) 211.
A journal article with 2 authors
N.M. Litchinitser, J. Sun, APPLIED OPTICS. Optical meta-atoms: Going nonlinear, Science. 350 (2015) 1033–1034.
A journal article with 3 authors
E. Lehmann, F. Brueckner, P. Cramer, Molecular basis of RNA-dependent RNA polymerase II activity, Nature. 450 (2007) 445–449.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
J.E. Mold, J. Michaëlsson, T.D. Burt, M.O. Muench, K.P. Beckerman, M.P. Busch, T.-H. Lee, D.F. Nixon, J.M. McCune, Maternal alloantigens promote the development of tolerogenic fetal regulatory T cells in utero, Science. 322 (2008) 1562–1565.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
A. Johnson, Small Animal Pathology for Veterinary Technicians, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2014.
An edited book
P.T. Fisher, Spring Persistence: A Running Start, Apress, Berkeley, CA, 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
H.-E. Grönlund, C. Francis, S. Grimes, Location Recipes, in: C. Francis, S. Grimes (Eds.), IOS 6 Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach, Apress, Berkeley, CA, 2012: pp. 175–216.

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 Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids.

Blog post
T. Hale, Check Out This Remote Control SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Nail Its Landing, IFLScience. (2016).


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, FAA Budget: Issues Related to the Fiscal Year 1996 Request, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1995.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
E. Knudsen, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder empowerment program: A grant project, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2014.

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
R. Pear, Health Insurers Predict Chaos From Latest G.O.P. Repeal Bill, New York Times. (2017) 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 titleJournal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids
AbbreviationJ. Phys. Chem. Solids
ISSN (print)0022-3697
ScopeGeneral Chemistry
General Materials Science
Condensed Matter Physics

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