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
Carlsson A 2001 A paradigm shift in brain research Science 294 1021–4
A journal article with 2 authors
Alonso D and Pascual M 2006 Comment on “A keystone mutualism drives pattern in a power function” Science 313 1739; author reply 1739
A journal article with 3 authors
Aguzzi A, Barres B A and Bennett M L 2013 Microglia: scapegoat, saboteur, or something else? Science 339 156–61
A journal article with 99 or more authors
Schmitt J P, Kamisago M, Asahi M, Li G H, Ahmad F, Mende U, Kranias E G, MacLennan D H, Seidman J G and Seidman C E 2003 Dilated cardiomyopathy and heart failure caused by a mutation in phospholamban Science 299 1410–3

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Charalambides C A 2005 Combinatorial Methods in Discrete Distributions: Charalambides/Combinatorial (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
An edited book
Vukasović M, Maassen P, Nerland M, Stensaker B, Pinheiro R and Vabø A 2012 Effects of Higher Education Reforms: Change Dynamics vol 4 (Rotterdam: SensePublishers)
A chapter in an edited book
Schein M 2007 Procedure diagnostiche razionali Chirurgia addominale d’urgenza: il buon senso di Schein: Guida pratica per sopravvivere nella trincea delle urgenze chirurgiche ed M Schein and P N Rogers (Milano: Springer) pp 27–32

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
Andrews R 2015 Study Suggests Women Are Bisexual Or Gay, But Almost Never Straight 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 1992 Parent and Supplemental Student Loans: Volume and Default Trends for Fiscal Years 1989 to 1991 (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
Tafoya A 2010 Impact of HIV/AIDS stigma on seropositive Latinos along the United States-Mexico border 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
Johnson G 2015 Turning Nature Against Cancer New York Times D3

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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