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
Connelly, J. N., 2010, “Geochemistry. Adjusting the Solar System’s Absolute Clock,” Science 327, 422–423.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ptashne, Mark, and Alexander Gann, 2003, “Signal Transduction. Imposing Specificity on Kinases,” Science 299, 1025–1027.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kasuya, Akira, Jun-Ichi Sakabe, and Yoshiki Tokura, 2014, “Potential Application of in Vivo Imaging of Impaired Lymphatic Duct to Evaluate the Severity of Pressure Ulcer in Mouse Model,” Sci. Rep. 4, 4173.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Kofler, Natalie, James P. Collins, Jennifer Kuzma, Emma Marris, Kevin Esvelt, Michael Paul Nelson, Andrew Newhouse, et al., 2018, “Editing Nature: Local Roots of Global Governance,” Science 362, 527–529.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Esch, Gerald W., 2015, Ecological Parasitology (John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK).
An edited book
Rossberg, Joachim, 2012, Pro Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio 2012, Edited by Mathias Olausson (Apress, Berkeley, CA), Second Edition.
A chapter in an edited book
Criado, Javier, Salvador Martínez, Luis Iribarne, and Jordi Cabot, 2015, “Enabling the Reuse of Stored Model Transformations Through Annotations,” in Theory and Practice of Model Transformations: 8th International Conference, ICMT 2015, Held as Part of STAF 2015, L’Aquila, Italy, July 20-21, 2015. Proceedings, edited by Dimitris Kolovos and Manuel Wimmer, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Springer International Publishing, Cham), pp. 43–58.

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
Carpineti, Alfredo, 2017, “New Fossil Suggests More Variety Among The Oldest Extinct Penguins,” IFLScience (IFLScience), February 23,


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, 1994, “Tax Systems Modernization: Status of Planning and Technical Foundation,” T-AIMD/GGD-94-104 (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
Dias, Joy, 2014, “Factors Associated with Poor Oral Health among Older Adults,” 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
Shpigel, Ben, 2017, “In One Brief Moment, Rangers Finally Win Playoff Game at Home,” New York Times, April 19.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Connelly 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Connelly 2010; Ptashne and Gann 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Ptashne and Gann 2003)
  • Three authors: (Kasuya, Sakabe, and Tokura 2014)
  • 4 or more authors: (Kofler et al. 2018)

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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