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
W.J. Parak, Materials science. Complex colloidal assembly, Science. 334 (2011) 1359–1360.
A journal article with 2 authors
G. Ichinose, H. Sayama, Evolution of fairness in the not quite ultimatum game, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 5104.
A journal article with 3 authors
B. Zaks, R.B. Liu, M.S. Sherwin, Experimental observation of electron-hole recollisions, Nature. 483 (2012) 580–583.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
A.M. Sokol, S. Cruet-Hennequart, P. Pasero, M.P. Carty, DNA polymerase η modulates replication fork progression and DNA damage responses in platinum-treated human cells, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 3277.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R.C. Wilson, The Hedge Fund Book, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2010.
An edited book
R. Cai, K. Chen, L. Hong, X. Yang, R. Zhang, L. Zou, eds., Web Technologies and Applications: APWeb 2015 Workshops, BSD, WDMA, and BDAT, Guangzhou, China, September 18, 2015, Revised Selected Papers, 1st ed. 2015, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
J.-W. Choi, A. Godwin, S. Balan, P. Bryant, Y. Cong, E. Pawlisz, M. Porssa, N. Rumpf, R. Singh, K. Powell, S. Brocchini, Rebridging disulphides: site-specific PEGylation by sequential bis-alkylation, in: F.M. Veronese (Ed.), PEGylated Protein Drugs: Basic Science and Clinical Applications, Birkhäuser, Basel, 2009: pp. 47–73.

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
T. Hale, Rescued Circus Lions Rehomed In South African Sanctuary Found Mutilated By Poachers, IFLScience. (2017). (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, Federal Research: SEMATECH’s Efforts to Strengthen the U.S. Semiconductor Industry, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1990.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
R.J. Child, The evolution of BARREN INFLORESCENCE1 and related AUX/IAA genes in angiosperms, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2013.

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. Kelly, The Surrounding Scene; It Seemed Like Donahue. But With Bush, Clinton and Perot, It Sure Wasn’t, New York Times. (1992) A9.

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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