How to format your references using the Physics of Plasmas citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Physics of Plasmas. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
1 P.J. Keeling, Science 317, 1875 (2007).
A journal article with 2 authors
1 R.J. Saykally and D.J. Wales, Science 336, 814 (2012).
A journal article with 3 authors
1 D. Kumar, S. Barman, and A. Barman, Sci. Rep. 4, 4108 (2014).
A journal article with 4 or more authors
1 G.J.P.L. Kops, T.B. Dansen, P.E. Polderman, I. Saarloos, K.W.A. Wirtz, P.J. Coffer, T.-T. Huang, J.L. Bos, R.H. Medema, and B.M.T. Burgering, Nature 419, 316 (2002).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1 A. Ahlemeyer-Stubbe and S. Coleman, A Practical Guide to Data Mining for Business and Industry (John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2014).
An edited book
1 S.H. Kim, editor , Radiology Illustrated: Gynecologic Imaging, 2nd ed. 2012 (Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012).
A chapter in an edited book
1 R. Alenda and N. Olivetti, in Logic for Programming, Artificial Intelligence, and Reasoning: 17th International Conference, LPAR-17, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, October 10-15, 2010. Proceedings, edited by C.G. Fermüller and A. Voronkov (Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010), pp. 52–66.

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 of Plasmas.

Blog post
1 D. Andrew, IFLScience (2016).


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
1 Government Accountability Office, Aviation Security: Technology’s Role in Addressing Vulnerabilities (U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1996).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1 G.L. Greene, An Analysis of the Comparison between Classroom Grades Earned with a Standards-Based Grading System and Grade-Level Assessment Scores as Measured by the Missouri Assessment Program, Doctoral dissertation, Lindenwood University, 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
1 M. Apuzzo and M. Rosenberg, New York Times A11 (2017).

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 titlePhysics of Plasmas
AbbreviationPhys. Plasmas
ISSN (print)1070-664X
ISSN (online)1089-7674
ScopeCondensed Matter Physics

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