How to format your references using the Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 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
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C. Cassou, Intraseasonal interaction between the Madden-Julian Oscillation and the North Atlantic Oscillation, Nature, 2008, 455, 523–527.
A journal article with 2 authors
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J. Simon and M. Greiner, Condensed-matter physics: a duo of graphene mimics, Nature, 2012, 483, 282–284.
A journal article with 3 authors
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T. P. Barnett, D. W. Pierce and R. Schnur, Detection of anthropogenic climate change in the world’s oceans, Science, 2001, 292, 270–274.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
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H. N. Lee, H. M. Christen, M. F. Chisholm, C. M. Rouleau and D. H. Lowndes, Strong polarization enhancement in asymmetric three-component ferroelectric superlattices, Nature, 2005, 433, 395–399.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
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W. Ruppel, Wiley GAAP for Governments 2015, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2015.
An edited book
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X. J. Fan and E. Suhir, Eds., Moisture Sensitivity of Plastic Packages of IC Devices, Springer US, Boston, MA, 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
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O. Marchuk and Y. Ralchenko, in Atomic Processes in Basic and Applied Physics, eds. V. Shevelko and H. Tawara, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012, pp. 83–101.

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 Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics.

Blog post
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S. Luntz, Being In Nature Benefits Health - But How?, https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/being-nature-benefits-health-how/, (accessed 30 October 2018).

Reports

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
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Government Accountability Office, Data Center Consolidation: Strengthened Oversight Needed to Achieve Billions of Dollars in Savings, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2013.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
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C. Peacock, Doctoral dissertation, Capella University, 2012.

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
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M. Kelly, New York Times, 1992, A20.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

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 titlePhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
AbbreviationPhys. Chem. Chem. Phys.
ISSN (print)1463-9076
ISSN (online)1463-9084
ScopePhysical and Theoretical Chemistry
General Physics and Astronomy

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