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
Szyszka P 2014 Ecology. Follow the odor Science 344 1454
A journal article with 2 authors
Adkins J F and Pasquero C 2004 Ocean science. Deep ocean overturning--then and now Science 306 1143–4
A journal article with 3 authors
Xu X, Han F and Zhao Q 2014 Homologies and homeotic transformation of the theropod “semilunate” carpal Sci. Rep. 4 6042
A journal article with 99 or more authors
Liu Y-P, Wu H-Y, Yang X, Xu H-Q, Chen D, Huang Q and Fu W-L 2014 Diagnostic accuracy of high resolution melting analysis for detection of KRAS mutations: a systematic review and meta-analysis Sci. Rep. 4 7521

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Vento J J 2013 Financial Independence (Getting to Point X ) (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
An edited book
Howlett R J 2010 Innovation through Knowledge Transfer vol 5 (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer)
A chapter in an edited book
Tomás-Rodríguez M and Banks S P 2010 General Spectral Theory of Nonlinear Systems Linear, Time-varying Approximations to Nonlinear Dynamical Systems: with Applications in Control and Optimization Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences ed S P Banks (London: Springer) pp 61–74

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 2017 Anti-Landmine Drone Built By Indian Teenager Receives $730,000 Grant 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 1988 The Fight Against Infant Mortality (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
Mott C R 2010 Sun compass orientation in juvenile green sea turtles Doctoral dissertation (Boca Raton, FL: Florida Atlantic University)

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
Palmer E and Otis J 2017 Lifting Hope, With Global Reach New York Times A19

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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