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
Tilgner, Erich, 2002, “Mantophasmatodea: A New Insect Order?,” Science 297, 731; discussion 731.
A journal article with 2 authors
Jones, P. A., and D. Takai, 2001, “The Role of DNA Methylation in Mammalian Epigenetics,” Science 293, 1068–1070.
A journal article with 3 authors
Maini, Philip K., Ruth E. Baker, and Cheng-Ming Chuong, 2006, “Developmental Biology. The Turing Model Comes of Molecular Age,” Science 314, 1397–1398.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Demers, Gilles, Gilly Griffin, Guy De Vroey, Joseph R. Haywood, Joanne Zurlo, and Marie Bédard, 2006, “Animal Research. Harmonization of Animal Care and Use Guidance,” Science 312, 700–701.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Xing, Baoshan, Chad D. Vecitis, and Nicola Senesi, 2016, Engineered Nanoparticles and the Environment: Biophysicochemical Processes and Toxicity (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ).
An edited book
Steinmetz, Ralf, and Klaus Wehrle, Eds., 2005, Peer-to-Peer Systems and Applications, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg), Vol. 3485.
A chapter in an edited book
Schaffer, Stefan, Eric Kearney, Sven C. Voelpel, and Ralf Koester, 2012, “Managing Demographic Change and Diversity in Organizations: How Feedback from Coworkers Moderates the Relationship between Age and Innovative Work Behavior,” in Managing Diversity in Organizations, edited by Barbara Beham, Caroline Straub, and Joachim Schwalbach (Gabler Verlag, Wiesbaden), pp. 45–68.

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, 2015, “Discovery Of Cosmic Web Feeding A Protogalaxy Could Reveal How Galaxies Form,” IFLScience (IFLScience), August 6,


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, 2000, “National Institute of Standards and Technology: Carryover Balances for the Advanced Technology Program,” RCED-00-71R (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
Sanabria, Andres, 2012, “Root Metaphor,” Doctoral dissertation, (Indiana University, Bloomington, IN).

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
Williams, John, 2017, “Who Says Religion and Science Don’t Mix?,” New York Times, June 25.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Tilgner 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Tilgner 2002; Jones and Takai 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Jones and Takai 2001)
  • Three authors: (Maini, Baker, and Chuong 2006)
  • 4 or more authors: (Demers et al. 2006)

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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