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
R.N. Germain, The art of the probable: system control in the adaptive immune system, Science. 293 (2001) 240–245.
A journal article with 2 authors
M.K. Udvardi, W.-R. Scheible, Plant science. GRAS genes and the symbiotic green revolution, Science. 308 (2005) 1749–1750.
A journal article with 3 authors
A. Czaplicka, J.A. Holyst, P.M.A. Sloot, Noise enhances information transfer in hierarchical networks, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 1223.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
S. Li, Y. Tian, K. Wu, Y. Ye, J. Yu, J. Zhang, Q. Liu, M. Hu, H. Li, Y. Tong, N.P. Harberd, X. Fu, Modulating plant growth-metabolism coordination for sustainable agriculture, Nature. 560 (2018) 595–600.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
H. Hens, Building Physics: Heat, Air and Moisture, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany, 2012.
An edited book
I. Wong, B. Evans, eds., Resource Allocation In Multiuser Multicarrier Wireless Systems, Springer US, Boston, MA, 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
C. Fröhlich, Solar Irradiance Variability Since 1978, in: Y. Calisesi, R.-M. Bonnet, L. Gray, J. Langen, M. Lockwood (Eds.), Solar Variability and Planetary Climates, Springer, New York, NY, 2007: pp. 53–65.

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
B. Taub, New Nazca Geoglyph Of Strange, Tongue-Poking Creature Discovered, 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, Student Loans: Default Rates at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1993.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
L.E. Garza-Meza, Photography as a spiritual technique, Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine University, 2013.

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
G. Loomis, Rossini and Contemporaries, Snuggly at Home in the Black Forest, New York Times. (2012) 0.

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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