How to format your references using the Journal of Theoretical and Applied Physics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Theoretical and Applied 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
Kerr, R.A.: PALEOCLIMATE: An Appealing Snowball Earth That’s Still Hard to Swallow. Science. 287, 1734–1736 (2000)
A journal article with 2 authors
Zhang, Y., Hayes, J.D.: The membrane-topogenic vectorial behaviour of Nrf1 controls its post-translational modification and transactivation activity. Sci. Rep. 3, 2006 (2013)
A journal article with 3 authors
Yamamoto-Kawai, M., Carmack, E., McLaughlin, F.: Nitrogen balance and Arctic throughflow. Nature. 443, 43 (2006)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Zurbuchen, T.H., Raines, J.M., Slavin, J.A., Gershman, D.J., Gilbert, J.A., Gloeckler, G., Anderson, B.J., Baker, D.N., Korth, H., Krimigis, S.M., Sarantos, M., Schriver, D., McNutt, R.L., Jr, Solomon, S.C.: MESSENGER observations of the spatial distribution of planetary ions near Mercury. Science. 333, 1862–1865 (2011)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ruppel, W.: GAAP for Governments 2014. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey (2014)
An edited book
Saunders, C., Grobelnik, M., Gunn, S., Shawe-Taylor, J. eds: Subspace, Latent Structure and Feature Selection: Statistical and Optimization Perspectives Workshop, SLSFS 2005, Bohinj, Slovenia, February 23-25, 2005, Revised Selected Papers. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (2006)
A chapter in an edited book
Barkowsky, T.: Modeling Mental Spatial Knowledge Processing. In: Mast, F. and Jäncke, L. (eds.) Spatial Processing in Navigation, Imagery and Perception. pp. 67–84. Springer US, Boston, MA (2007)

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 Theoretical and Applied Physics.

Blog post
Andrew, E.: Humans May Have Fewer Viral Fossils Because Our Ancestors Traded Biting For Tools


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: Selection and Use of Contractor for Development of a Management Information System for the Atomic Energy Commission. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (1973)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Harris, R.H.: Comparing the Effects of Traditional Face-to-face, Technology-Based, and Blended Instructional Strategies in a Post-Secondary Spanish Language Learning Environment, (2017)

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
Hodgman, J.: Bonus Advice From Judge John Hodgman, (2016)

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 Theoretical and Applied Physics
AbbreviationJ. Theor. Appl. Phys.
ISSN (print)1735-9325
ISSN (online)2251-7235
ScopePhysics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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