How to format your references using the Reviews of Modern Physics (with titles) citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Reviews of Modern Physics (with titles). 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
Fessenden, Marissa, 2015, “The Cell Menagerie: Human Immune Profiling,” Nature 525, 409–411.
A journal article with 2 authors
Aaronson, David S., and Curt M. Horvath, 2002, “A Road Map for Those Who Don’t Know JAK-STAT,” Science 296, 1653–1655.
A journal article with 3 authors
Cowen, R. K., C. B. Paris, and A. Srinivasan, 2006, “Scaling of Connectivity in Marine Populations,” Science 311, 522–527.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Laurberg, Martin, Haruichi Asahara, Andrei Korostelev, Jianyu Zhu, Sergei Trakhanov, and Harry F. Noller, 2008, “Structural Basis for Translation Termination on the 70S Ribosome,” Nature 454, 852–857.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Leung, Mei-Yung, Isabelle Yee Shan Chan, and Cary L. Cooper, 2014, Stress Management in the Construction Industry (John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK).
An edited book
Abraham, Ajith, Xin Hua Jiang, Václav Snášel, and Jeng-Shyang Pan, Eds., 2015, Intelligent Data Analysis and Applications: Proceedings of the Second Euro-China Conference on Intelligent Data Analysis and Applications, ECC 2015, Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing (Springer International Publishing, Cham), Vol. 370.
A chapter in an edited book
Salvadori, P. A., 2013, “I Radiofarmaci e La Farmacopea,” in Sperimentazione e Registrazione Dei Radiofarmaci: Normative e Procedure, edited by Giovanni Lucignani (Springer, Milano), pp. 47–55.

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 Reviews of Modern Physics (with titles).

Blog post
O`Callaghan, Jonathan, 2016, “Tesla Unveils Solar Roof Tiles In Bid To Make Homes 100% Renewable,” IFLScience (IFLScience), October 31,


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, 1979, “Acquisition of Automatic Data Processing Equipment at Federal Judicial Center,” B-193861 (U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Kim, Steven B., 2010, “Model Uncertainty and Model Averaging in the Estimation of Benchmark Dose,” Doctoral dissertation, (California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA).

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
Van Gelder, Sophia Kishkovsky; Compiled by Lawrence, 2004, “Arts, Briefly; Saving Shostakovich,” New York Times, November 4.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Fessenden 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Fessenden 2015; Aaronson and Horvath 2002).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Aaronson and Horvath 2002)
  • Three authors: (Cowen, Paris, and Srinivasan 2006)
  • 4 or more authors: (Laurberg et al. 2008)

About the journal

Full journal titleReviews of Modern Physics (with titles)
AbbreviationRev. Mod. Phys.
ISSN (print)0034-6861
ISSN (online)1539-0756
ScopeGeneral Physics and Astronomy

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