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
Padma T V 2005 Rivalry and red tape Nature 436 490–1
A journal article with 2 authors
Smith M P and Harper D A T 2013 Earth science. Causes of the Cambrian explosion Science 341 1355–6
A journal article with 3 authors
Tamsir A, Tabor J J and Voigt C A 2011 Robust multicellular computing using genetically encoded NOR gates and chemical “wires” Nature 469 212–5
A journal article with 99 or more authors
Sirocko F, Seelos K, Schaber K, Rein B, Dreher F, Diehl M, Lehne R, Jäger K, Krbetschek M and Degering D 2005 A late Eemian aridity pulse in central Europe during the last glacial inception Nature 436 833–6

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Weinberg S 2011 Cost-Contained Regulatory Compliance (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
An edited book
Cowling P and Merz P 2010 Evolutionary Computation in Combinatorial Optimization: 10th European Conference, EvoCOP 2010, Istanbul, Turkey, April 7-9, 2010. Proceedings vol 6022 (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer)
A chapter in an edited book
Klopfleisch R 2016 Mammary Tumors Veterinary Oncology: A Short Textbook ed R Klopfleisch (Cham: Springer International Publishing) pp 99–108

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 Some Shape-Shifting Animals That Can Morph To Fool Others 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 1997 Proprietary Schools: Millions Spent to Train Students for Oversupplied Occupations (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
Schroder G L 2015 A quantitative study of critical thinking skills in bachelors of science nursing program students 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
Oestreich J R 2017 Review: The Vienna Philharmonic Adds New Work, and Women New York Times C5

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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