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
Bradford, P. (2012). Energy policy: The nuclear landscape. Nature, 483(7388), 151–152.
A journal article with 2 authors
Yen, H.-C. S., & Elledge, S. J. (2008). Identification of SCF ubiquitin ligase substrates by global protein stability profiling. Science (New York, N.Y.), 322(5903), 923–929.
A journal article with 3 authors
Han, Y., Bai, T., & Liu, W. (2014). Controlled heterogeneous stem cell differentiation on a shape memory hydrogel surface. Scientific Reports, 4, 5815.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Demarest, S. J., Martinez-Yamout, M., Chung, J., Chen, H., Xu, W., Dyson, H. J., Evans, R. M., & Wright, P. E. (2002). Mutual synergistic folding in recruitment of CBP/p300 by p160 nuclear receptor coactivators. Nature, 415(6871), 549–553.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bajorski, P. (2011). Statistics for Imaging, Optics, and Photonics: Bajorski/Statistics for Imaging. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Luo, Y. (2016). Economics of Database-Assisted Spectrum Sharing (L. Gao & J. Huang, Eds.). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Wilson, R. J., & Miner, M. H. (2016). Measurement of Male Sexual Arousal and Interest Using Penile Plethysmography and Viewing Time. In D. R. Laws & W. O’Donohue (Eds.), Treatment of Sex Offenders: Strengths and Weaknesses in Assessment and Intervention (pp. 107–131). Springer International Publishing.

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. (2015, June 3). NASA Flying Saucer Test Launch Delayed. 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. (1974). The Process for Identifying Needs and Establishing Requirements (No. 092321). 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
Kang, E. Y. (2010). Late Twentieth-Century Piano Concert Etudes: A Style Study [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Cincinnati.

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
Kishkovsky, S. (2012, January 7). Church Hints It May Serve As Mediator In Russia. New York Times, A10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bradford, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Bradford, 2012; Yen & Elledge, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Yen & Elledge, 2008)
  • Three authors: (Han et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Demarest et al., 2002)

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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