How to format your references using the Journal of Statistical Physics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Statistical Physics. 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
Niiler, E.: Good neighbours. Nature. 426, 690–694 (2003)
A journal article with 2 authors
Sykes, M., Nikolic, B.: Treatment of severe autoimmune disease by stem-cell transplantation. Nature. 435, 620–627 (2005)
A journal article with 3 authors
Ehebauer, M., Hayward, P., Arias, A.M.: Notch, a universal arbiter of cell fate decisions. Science. 314, 1414–1415 (2006)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Vukusic, P., Sambles, J.R., Lawrence, C.R., Wootton, R.J.: Structural colour. Now you see it--now you don’t. Nature. 410, 36 (2001)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Evans, R.: Seven Secrets of the Savvy School Leader. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA, USA (2010)
An edited book
Wong, P.T.P., Wong, L.C.J. eds: Handbook of Multicultural Perspectives on Stress and Coping. Springer US, Boston, MA (2006)
A chapter in an edited book
Iwata, K., Nakashima, T., Anan, Y., Ishii, N.: Clustering and Analyzing Embedded Software Development Projects Data Using Self-Organizing Maps. In: Lee, R. (ed.) Software Engineering Research,Management and Applications 2011. pp. 47–59. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (2012)

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 Physics.

Blog post
Andrew, D.: Octopus Leaps From Water To Attack Crab,


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: Elementary and Secondary Education Act: Potential Effects of Changing Comparability Requirements. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (2011)

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Millar, C.L.: Re-specting graffiti: Transgression at play in art, language, and ritual, (2010)

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
Fountain, H., Schwartz, J.: Science and Medicine; Researchers Bristle at Extent of Cuts, (2017)

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 Physics
AbbreviationJ. Stat. Phys.
ISSN (print)0022-4715
ISSN (online)1572-9613
ScopeMathematical Physics
Statistical and Nonlinear Physics

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