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 (J Stat Phys). 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
Buriak, J.M.: Chemistry. Chemistry with nanoscale perfection. Science. 304, 692–693 (2004)
A journal article with 2 authors
Stoneburner, R.L., Low-Beer, D.: Population-level HIV declines and behavioral risk avoidance in Uganda. Science. 304, 714–718 (2004)
A journal article with 3 authors
Reich, D.S., Mechler, F., Victor, J.D.: Independent and redundant information in nearby cortical neurons. Science. 294, 2566–2568 (2001)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Martincorena, I., Fowler, J.C., Wabik, A., Lawson, A.R.J., Abascal, F., Hall, M.W.J., Cagan, A., Murai, K., Mahbubani, K., Stratton, M.R., Fitzgerald, R.C., Handford, P.A., Campbell, P.J., Saeb-Parsy, K., Jones, P.H.: Somatic mutant clones colonize the human esophagus with age. Science. 362, 911–917 (2018)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Schulman, F.Y.: Veterinarian’s Guide to Maximizing Biopsy Results. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Chichester, UK (2016)
An edited book
Mohapatra, R.N., Chowdhury, D.R., Giri, D. eds: Mathematics and Computing: ICMC, Haldia, India, January 2015. Springer India, New Delhi (2015)
A chapter in an edited book
Bandyopadhyay, A., Das, T., Yeasmin, S.: Conclusion. In: Das, T. and Yeasmin, S. (eds.) Nanoparticles in Lung Cancer Therapy - Recent Trends. pp. 63–65. Springer India, New Delhi (2015)

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


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: Aviation Security: TSA Should Take Additional Action to Obtain Stakeholder Input when Modifying the Prohibited Items List. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (2015)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Martinez, J.C.: Theoretically tested remediation in response to insect resistance to Bt corn and Bt cotton: A new paradigm, (2015)

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
Sisario, B.: Judge Reinstates Suit Over Rolling Stone Rape Article, (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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