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
P. Rowlett, The unplanned impact of mathematics, Nature, 2011, 475, 166–169.
A journal article with 2 authors
S. Hellweg and L. Milà i Canals, Emerging approaches, challenges and opportunities in life cycle assessment, Science, 2014, 344, 1109–1113.
A journal article with 3 authors
C. Costello, S. D. Gaines and J. Lynham, Can catch shares prevent fisheries collapse?, Science, 2008, 321, 1678–1681.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
C. Hanashima, S. C. Li, L. Shen, E. Lai and G. Fishell, Foxg1 suppresses early cortical cell fate, Science, 2004, 303, 56–59.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
D. J. Abner, The ETF Handbook, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2010.
An edited book
M. A. Armada, Climbing and Walking Robots: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference CLAWAR 2004, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2005.
A chapter in an edited book
L. Paoli and A. Donati, in The Sports Doping Market: Understanding Supply and Demand, and the Challenges of Their Control, ed. A. Donati, Springer, New York, NY, 2014, pp. 85–106.

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
J. Fang, Stalagmites Record 3,000 Years of Climate Changes in Europe, (accessed 30 October 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, Critical Need for a Better System for Adjusting Top Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Salaries, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1975.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
J. Herron, Doctoral dissertation, Northcentral University, 2017.

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
B. Brantley, New York Times, 2016, AR24.

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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