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
Jablonski, D.: Extinction: past and present. Nature. 427, 589 (2004)
A journal article with 2 authors
Ottino, J.M., Lueptow, R.M.: Materials science. On mixing and demixing. Science. 319, 912–913 (2008)
A journal article with 3 authors
Brandvain, Y., Barker, M.S., Wade, M.J.: Gene co-inheritance and gene transfer. Science. 315, 1685 (2007)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Lezec, H.J., Degiron, A., Devaux, E., Linke, R.A., Martin-Moreno, L., Garcia-Vidal, F.J., Ebbesen, T.W.: Beaming light from a subwavelength aperture. Science. 297, 820–822 (2002)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Richards, A., Dafydd, H.: Key Notes on Plastic Surgery. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK (2014)
An edited book
Wang, E.: High-Performance Computing on the Intel® Xeon PhiTM: How to Fully Exploit MIC Architectures. Springer International Publishing, Cham (2014)
A chapter in an edited book
Humby, T., Wilkinson, L.: If Only They Could Talk. In: Fisch, G.S. and Flint, J. (eds.) Transgenic and Knockout Models of Neuropsychiatric Disorders. pp. 69–83. Humana Press, Totowa, NJ (2006)

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
Evans, K.: Yosemite National Park Grows By 400 Acres In Largest Expansion In 70 Years,


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: Reports and Testimony: August 1991. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (1991)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Pezzolesi, M.G.: Novel Mechanisms of PTEN Dysfunction in PTEN Hamartoma Tumor Syndromes, (2008)

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
Brantley, B.: Marginalized Souls, Magnified, (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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