How to format your references using the Physics Letters B citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Physics Letters 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.
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
D.J. Karoly, Atmospheric science. Ozone and climate change, Science. 302 (2003) 236–237.
A journal article with 2 authors
A.F. Cowman, C.J. Tonkin, Microbiology. A tail of division, Science. 331 (2011) 409–410.
A journal article with 3 authors
X. He, L. Gao, N. Ma, One-step instant synthesis of protein-conjugated quantum dots at room temperature, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 2825.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Y. Langevin, F. Poulet, J.-P. Bibring, B. Schmitt, S. Douté, B. Gondet, Summer evolution of the north polar cap of Mars as observed by OMEGA/Mars Express, Science. 307 (2005) 1581–1584.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
A. Vegh, Web Development with the Mac®, Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, IN, USA, 2010.
An edited book
M. Ohtsu, ed., Handbook of Nano-Optics and Nanophotonics, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
T. Zielinska, Nicolaus Copernicus (1473–1543), in: M. Ceccarelli (Ed.), Distinguished Figures in Mechanism and Machine Science: Their Contributions and Legacies Part 1, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2007: pp. 117–134.

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 Physics Letters B.

Blog post
E. Andrew, How Re-Analysing The Data Of Scientific Research Can Change The Findings, 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, Federal-Aid Highways: States Need Guidance on Sales or Leases of Real Property Purchased with Federal Funds, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2002.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
A.C. Pestano, The Utilization of a Web-Based Internet Application to Improve Access and Efficiency of In-Home Care Services Provided by Personal Care Aides, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 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
J. Koblin, Netflix Lets Viewers Pick the Plot, New York Times. (2017) B1.

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 titlePhysics Letters B
AbbreviationPhys. Lett. B
ISSN (print)0370-2693
ScopeNuclear and High Energy Physics

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