How to format your references using the Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics. 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
Peoples, L. L. (2002). Neuroscience. Will, anterior cingulate cortex, and addiction. Science (New York, N.Y.), 296(5573), 1623–1624.
A journal article with 2 authors
Maechler, P., & Wollheim, C. B. (2001). Mitochondrial function in normal and diabetic beta-cells. Nature, 414(6865), 807–812.
A journal article with 3 authors
Vega, A. V., Avila, G., & Matthews, G. (2013). Interaction between the transcriptional corepressor Sin3B and voltage-gated sodium channels modulates functional channel expression. Scientific Reports, 3, 2809.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Mower, J. P., Stefanović, S., Young, G. J., & Palmer, J. D. (2004). Plant genetics: gene transfer from parasitic to host plants. Nature, 432(7014), 165–166.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Binnie, C. (2016). Linux Server Security. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Hota, C., & Srimani, P. K. (Eds.). (2013). Distributed Computing and Internet Technology: 9th International Conference, ICDCIT 2013, Bhubaneswar, India, February 5-8, 2013. Proceedings (Vol. 7753). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Itterheim, S., & Löw, A. (2011). Game Building Blocks. In A. Löw (Ed.), Learn cocos2D Game Development with iOS 5 (pp. 115–140). Apress.

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 Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2014, March 7). Flatworm Mating: Literally a Cockblock. IFLScience; IFLScience.


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. (1982). Success of the Programed School Input Program Justifies Expansion (FPCD-82-53). U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Williams, E. C. (2012). Smart Packaging: A Novel Technique For Localized Drug Delivery For Ovarian Cancer [Doctoral dissertation]. University of South Florida.

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
Wilson, M. (2017, August 14). Sentencing Will Provide Coda for Television Producer’s Real Crime Drama. New York Times, A21.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Peoples, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Maechler & Wollheim, 2001; Peoples, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Maechler & Wollheim, 2001)
  • Three authors: (Vega et al., 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Mower et al., 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleStudies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
AbbreviationStud. Hist. Philos. Sci. B Stud. Hist. Philos. Modern Phys.
ISSN (print)1355-2198
History and Philosophy of Science
General Physics and Astronomy

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