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
Kuhn N J 2000 Learn lateral thinking first and specialize later Nature 404 542
A journal article with 2 authors
Pellettieri J and Seydoux G 2002 Anterior-posterior polarity in C. elegans and Drosophila--PARallels and differences Science 298 1946–50
A journal article with 3 authors
Parkinson G N, Lee M P H and Neidle S 2002 Crystal structure of parallel quadruplexes from human telomeric DNA Nature 417 876–80
A journal article with 99 or more authors
Bausch A R, Bowick M J, Cacciuto A, Dinsmore A D, Hsu M F, Nelson D R, Nikolaides M G, Travesset A and Weitz D A 2003 Grain boundary scars and spherical crystallography Science 299 1716–8

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Zanotto E D 2013 Crystals in Glass (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
An edited book
Wu A M 2011 The Molecular Immunology of Complex Carbohydrates-3 vol 705 (Boston, MA: Springer US)
A chapter in an edited book
Iacoviello G, Lazzini A and Nanetti S 2014 Information Systems and Managerial Control in the Era of Globalization: Evidence from the Fashion Industry Information Systems, Management, Organization and Control: Smart Practices and Effects Lecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation ed D Baglieri, C Metallo, C Rossignoli and M Pezzillo Iacono (Cham: Springer International Publishing) pp 65–87

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 Watch These Famous Landmarks Change Over Time Using “Mined” Tourists’ Photos 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 1998 APHIS: Solid Wood Packing Material From China (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
Allen S D 2014 Putting out fires: How communication professionals understand and practice conflict resolution Doctoral dissertation (College Park, MD: University of Maryland, College Park)

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
Billard M 2010 Fitting More Into That Bag New York Times E4

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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