How to format your references using the Nuclear Physics, Section A citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Nuclear Physics, Section A. 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
M. Winklhofer, Physiology. An avian magnetometer, Science. 336 (2012) 991–992.
A journal article with 2 authors
J. Yeston, R. Coontz, Industrial chemistry. Chemistry writ large. Introduction, Science. 325 (2009) 691.
A journal article with 3 authors
T. Adilakshmi, D.L. Bellur, S.A. Woodson, Concurrent nucleation of 16S folding and induced fit in 30S ribosome assembly, Nature. 455 (2008) 1268–1272.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
M. Meissle, J. Zünd, M. Waldburger, J. Romeis, Development of Chrysoperla carnea (Stephens) (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae) on pollen from Bt-transgenic and conventional maize, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 5900.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
H. El-Rewini, M. Abd-El-Barr, Advanced Computer Architecture and Parallel Processing, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2004.
An edited book
S. Mukherjee, R.M. Aarts, R. Roovers, F. Widdershoven, M. Ouwerkerk, eds., AmIware Hardware Technology Drivers of Ambient Intelligence, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2006.
A chapter in an edited book
D. Stehlé, R. Steinfeld, Making NTRU as Secure as Worst-Case Problems over Ideal Lattices, in: K.G. Paterson (Ed.), Advances in Cryptology – EUROCRYPT 2011: 30th Annual International Conference on the Theory and Applications of Cryptographic Techniques, Tallinn, Estonia, May 15-19, 2011. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2011: pp. 27–47.

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 Nuclear Physics, Section A.

Blog post
E. Andrew, It Feels Instantaneous, but How Long Does it Really Take to Think a Thought?, IFLScience. (2015).


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, Railroad Safety: DOD Can Improve the Safety of On-Base Track and Equipment, 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
S. Gade, Design and Implementation of Hybrid Hyperchaotic Sequences for Chaos-Based Communication Systems, 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
S. Kishkovsky, Russia: Oil Company Raises Estimate, New York Times. (2007) C13.

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 titleNuclear Physics, Section A
AbbreviationNucl. Phys. A
ISSN (print)0375-9474
ScopeNuclear and High Energy Physics

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