How to format your references using the Materials Chemistry and Physics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Materials Chemistry and 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
T.P. Russell, Polymer dynamics. Chance encounters, Science. 293 (2001) 446–447.
A journal article with 2 authors
C.H. Okubo, A.S. McEwen, Fracture-controlled paleo-fluid flow in Candor Chasma, Mars, Science. 315 (2007) 983–985.
A journal article with 3 authors
I. Provencio, M.D. Rollag, A.M. Castrucci, Photoreceptive net in the mammalian retina. This mesh of cells may explain how some blind mice can still tell day from night, Nature. 415 (2002) 493.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
R. Hilborn, P. Arcese, M. Borner, J. Hando, G. Hopcraft, M. Loibooki, S. Mduma, A.R.E. Sinclair, Effective enforcement in a conservation area, Science. 314 (2006) 1266.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
PKF International Ltd, Wiley IFRS 2017 Interpretation and Application of IFRS Standards, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2017.
An edited book
X.-B. Lu, ed., Carbon Dioxide and Organometallics, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
M. Friederich, J. Olerud, A. Fasching, P. Liss, P. Hansell, F. Palm, Uncoupling Protein-2 in Diabetic Kidneys, in: K.A. Kang, D.K. Harrison, D.F. Bruley (Eds.), Oxygen Transport to Tissue XXIX, Springer US, Boston, MA, 2008: pp. 37–43.

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 Materials Chemistry and Physics.

Blog post
E. Andrew, How To Take The Pressure Off The Cost Of Our Water Supply, IFLScience. (2015). (accessed October 30, 2018).


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, Abstinence Education: Assessing the Accuracy and Effectiveness of Federally Funded Programs, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2008.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
J.J. Watkins, Victor Echo Tango (VET) Support Services Inc, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 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
M. Isaac, SoftBank of Japan Is Said to Be Weighing an Investment in Uber, New York Times. (2017) B4.

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 titleMaterials Chemistry and Physics
AbbreviationMater. Chem. Phys.
ISSN (print)0254-0584
ScopeGeneral Materials Science
Condensed Matter Physics

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