How to format your references using the Nature Physics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Nature 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
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Sapolsky, R. M. The influence of social hierarchy on primate health. Science 308, 648–652 (2005).
A journal article with 2 authors
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Mangalam, M. & Karve, S. M. ANIMAL COGNITION. Comment on ‘Number-space mapping in the newborn chick resembles humans’’ mental number line"’. Science 348, 1438 (2015).
A journal article with 3 authors
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González, M. C., Hidalgo, C. A. & Barabási, A.-L. Understanding individual human mobility patterns. Nature 453, 779–782 (2008).
A journal article with 6 or more authors
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Papadopoulos, P., Ivison, R., Carilli, C. & Lewis, G. A massive reservoir of low-excitation molecular gas at high redshift. Nature 409, 58–60 (2001).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
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Hens, H. S. L. C. Performance Based Building Design 2. (Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, 2012).
An edited book
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The MPEG Representation of Digital Media. (Springer, 2012).
A chapter in an edited book
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Bodo, E. & Migliorati, V. Theoretical Description of Ionic Liquids. in The Structure of Ionic Liquids (eds. Caminiti, R. & Gontrani, L.) 127–148 (Springer International Publishing, 2014).

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 Nature Physics.

Blog post
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Andrew, E. The Flower Breeders Who Sold X-Ray Lilies And Atomic Marigolds. IFLScience (2016). Available at: https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/flower-breeders-who-sold-x-ray-lilies-and-atomic-marigolds/. (Accessed: 30th October 2018)

Reports

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
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Government Accountability Office. Implementation of the Beach Act of 2000: EPA and States Have Made Progress, but Additional Actions Could Improve Public Health Protection. (U.S. Government Printing Office, 2007).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
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Salters, D. D. The effects of independent reading on the reading comprehension skills of sixth-grade students. (University of Phoenix, 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
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Packer, G. Celebrating Inequality. New York Times A21 (2013).

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

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 titleNature Physics
AbbreviationNat. Phys.
ISSN (print)1745-2473
ISSN (online)1745-2481
ScopeGeneral Physics and Astronomy

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