How to format your references using the Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena. 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. Laxminarayan, Antibiotic effectiveness: balancing conservation against innovation, Science. 345 (2014) 1299–1301.
A journal article with 2 authors
S. Ausländer, M. Fussenegger, Synthetic biology: Toehold gene switches make big footprints, Nature. 516 (2014) 333–334.
A journal article with 3 authors
S.W. Keenan, A.S. Engel, R.M. Elsey, The alligator gut microbiome and implications for archosaur symbioses, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 2877.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
K. Li, W. Wang, M. Ge, J. Li, D. Wang, Optical properties of secondary organic aerosols generated by photooxidation of aromatic hydrocarbons, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 4922.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
A. Tasman, J. Kay, R.J. Ursano, The Psychiatric Interview, John Wiley & Sons, Oxford, 2013.
An edited book
D. Yang, The Hardy Space H1 with Non-doubling Measures and Their Applications, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
J. Chen, G. Su, J. He, S. Ben, Face Image Relighting using Locally Constrained Global Optimization, in: K. Daniilidis, P. Maragos, N. Paragios (Eds.), Computer Vision – ECCV 2010: 11th European Conference on Computer Vision, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, September 5-11, 2010, Proceedings, Part IV, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010: pp. 44–57.

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 D: Nonlinear Phenomena.

Blog post
A. Carpineti, VISTA Uncovers New Secrets In The Orion Nebula, IFLScience. (2017).


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, EPA: New Motor Vehicles and New Motor Vehicle Engines Air Pollution Control--Voluntary Standards for Light-Duty Vehicles, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1997.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
M. Bravo, The development of a viable business plan: Analytics of 30 day readmission rates for hospitals and ancillary services, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2015.

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. Otis, Unflinching Faith Moors 2 Victims of Hurricane Sandy in Life’s Storms, New York Times. (2017) A23.

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 D: Nonlinear Phenomena
AbbreviationPhysica D
ISSN (print)0167-2789
ScopeCondensed Matter Physics
Statistical and Nonlinear Physics

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