How to format your references using the Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment. 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
Grant P M 2000 Superconductivity. Currents without borders Nature 407 139–41
A journal article with 2 authors
Insel T R and Sahakian B J 2012 Drug research: a plan for mental illness Nature 483 269
A journal article with 3 authors
Cheng L, Hong W and Hao Z-C 2014 Generation of electromagnetic waves with arbitrary orbital angular momentum modes Sci. Rep. 4 4814
A journal article with 99 or more authors
Arculus R, Campbell I H, McLennan S M and Taylor S R 2009 Asteroids and andesites Nature 459 E1; discussion E2

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Pick J B 2012 Geo-Business GIS in the Digital Organization (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
An edited book
Parrochia D 2013 Towards a General Theory of Classifications ed P Neuville (Basel: Springer)
A chapter in an edited book
de Figueiredo D G and Karlovltz L A 2013 The Extension of Contractions and the Intersection of Balls in Banach Spaces Djairo G. de Figueiredo - Selected Papers ed D G Costa (Cham: Springer International Publishing) pp 23–33

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 Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment.

Blog post
Andrew E 2015 Here’s What London’s Underground System Actually Looks Like 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 1995 [Comments on FAA Employee’s Claim for Temporary Quarters Subsistence Expenses] (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
Ashrafzadeh M H 2008 Provision of community services for the mentally challenged population in Iran Doctoral dissertation (Phoenix, AZ: University of Phoenix)

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
Wagner J 2017 Nationals Stage a Late Comeback, Perhaps Exorcising Some Demons New York Times SP2

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 Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment
AbbreviationJ. Stat. Mech.
ISSN (online)1742-5468
ScopeStatistics, Probability and Uncertainty
Statistics and Probability
Statistical and Nonlinear Physics

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