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
Kerr, R. A. (2000). PLANETARY SCIENCE: Saturn Wins Satellite Title With New Moons. Science (New York, N.Y.), 290(5492), 689a.
A journal article with 2 authors
Virgin, H. W., & Walker, B. D. (2010). Immunology and the elusive AIDS vaccine. Nature, 464(7286), 224–231.
A journal article with 3 authors
Keller, R. A., Fisk, M. R., & White, W. M. (2000). Isotopic evidence for Late Cretaceous plume-ridge interaction at the Hawaiian hotspot. Nature, 405(6787), 673–676.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Romero, H. E., Bolton, K., Rosén, A., & Eklund, P. C. (2005). Atom collision-induced resistivity of carbon nanotubes. Science (New York, N.Y.), 307(5706), 89–93.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Péra, M.-C., Hissel, D., Gualous, H., & Turpin, C. (2013). Electrochemical Components. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Jacobson, M., Locasto, M., Mohassel, P., & Safavi-Naini, R. (Eds.). (2013). Applied Cryptography and Network Security: 11th International Conference, ACNS 2013, Banff, AB, Canada, June 25-28, 2013. Proceedings (Vol. 7954). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Rothe, A. (2016). Popular Trauma Culture: The Pain of Others Between Holocaust Tropes and Kitsch-Sentimental Melodrama. In Y. Ataria, D. Gurevitz, H. Pedaya, & Y. Neria (Eds.), Interdisciplinary Handbook of Trauma and Culture (pp. 51–66). 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 4). This Test Could Predict If You’ll Die Within Five Years. 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. (1977). Learning Disabilities: The Link to Delinquency Should Be Determined, but Schools Should Do More Now (GGD-76-97). 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
Scaramella, J. (2013). Physical activity and red light foods consumed in ASPIRE-VA veterans [Doctoral dissertation]. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Kenigsberg, B. (2017, August 10). Film Series. New York Times, C20.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kerr, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Kerr, 2000; Virgin & Walker, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Virgin & Walker, 2010)
  • Three authors: (Keller et al., 2000)
  • 6 or more authors: (Romero et al., 2005)

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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