How to format your references using the Physica B: Physics of Condensed Matter citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Physica B: Physics of Condensed Matter. 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
R.F. Keeling, Comment on “The ocean sink for anthropogenic CO2,” Science. 308 (2005) 1743; author reply 1743.
A journal article with 2 authors
R. Stocker, W.M. Durham, Microbiology. Tumbling for stealth?, Science. 325 (2009) 400–402.
A journal article with 3 authors
T.-H. Lee, S. Bhunia, M. Mehregany, Electromechanical computing at 500 degrees C with silicon carbide, Science. 329 (2010) 1316–1318.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
T.P. Burg, M. Godin, S.M. Knudsen, W. Shen, G. Carlson, J.S. Foster, K. Babcock, S.R. Manalis, Weighing of biomolecules, single cells and single nanoparticles in fluid, Nature. 446 (2007) 1066–1069.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
V. Woolf, The Years, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2012.
An edited book
K. Ma, Intelligent Web Data Management: Software Architectures and Emerging Technologies, 1st ed. 2016, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
O.K. Hussain, T.S. Dillon, F.K. Hussain, E.J. Chang, Risk Identification in Business Activities, in: T.S. Dillon, F.K. Hussain, E.J. Chang (Eds.), Risk Assessment and Management in the Networked Economy, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2013: pp. 85–105.

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 Physica B: Physics of Condensed Matter.

Blog post
S. Luntz, Why Do Cats Love Boxes So Much?, 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, Space Exploration: Cost, Schedule, and Performance of NASA’s Galileo Mission to Jupiter, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1988.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
W.P. DeHart, The leader liminal sphere: A phenomenological inquiry, Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine University, 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
J.P. Rubin, 59 Missiles Don’t Equal a Foreign Policy, New York Times. (2017) SR2.

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 titlePhysica B: Physics of Condensed Matter
AbbreviationPhysica B Condens. Matter
ISSN (print)0921-4526
ScopeElectrical and Electronic Engineering
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
Condensed Matter Physics

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