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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Nuclear Physics, Section B. 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
D. Spurgeon, Canada tries to limit nanotech brain drain, Nature. 408 (2000) 623.
A journal article with 2 authors
B. Morriswood, G. Warren, Cell biology. Stalemate in the Golgi battle, Science. 341 (2013) 1465–1466.
A journal article with 3 authors
H. Assender, V. Bliznyuk, K. Porfyrakis, How surface topography relates to materials’ properties, Science. 297 (2002) 973–976.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
E.T. Kiers, M. Duhamel, Y. Beesetty, J.A. Mensah, O. Franken, E. Verbruggen, C.R. Fellbaum, G.A. Kowalchuk, M.M. Hart, A. Bago, T.M. Palmer, S.A. West, P. Vandenkoornhuyse, J. Jansa, H. Bücking, Reciprocal rewards stabilize cooperation in the mycorrhizal symbiosis, Science. 333 (2011) 880–882.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
S. Bernström, Valuation, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2014.
An edited book
W.M.O. Thompson, ed., The Whitefly, Bemisia tabaci (Homoptera: Aleyrodidae) Interaction with Geminivirus-Infected Host Plants: Bemisia tabaci, Host Plants and Geminiviruses, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
Y. Ma, Q. Deng, X. Wang, J. Liu, H. Zhang, Keyword-Based Semantic Analysis of Microblog for Public Opinion Study in Online Collective Behaviors, in: Y. Chen, W.-T. Balke, J. Xu, W. Xu, P. Jin, X. Lin, T. Tang, E. Hwang (Eds.), Web-Age Information Management: WAIM 2014 International Workshops: BigEM, HardBD, DaNoS, HRSUNE, BIDASYS, Macau, China, June 16-18, 2014, Revised Selected Papers, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2014: pp. 44–55.

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 B.

Blog post
J. Fang, Swedish Lizard Babies Survive Better With Warmer Temperatures, 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, NASA Designation of Their Ames Facility to Be Lead Center for Helicopter Research and Development, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1976.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
V.I. Seefried, Timely and accurate decision-making during U.S. public health emergencies: Incremental Dynamic Decision-making (IDD) for public health emergency response, Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, 2010.

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
L. Qiu, Bold Talk On Gangs And Sugar, New York Times. (2017) A19.

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 B
AbbreviationNucl. Phys. B.
ISSN (print)0550-3213
ScopeNuclear and High Energy Physics

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