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
Tour, J. M. (2014). Materials chemistry: Seeds of selective nanotube growth. Nature, 512(7512), 30–31.
A journal article with 2 authors
Tan, L. W. H., & Subramaniam, R. (2002). Education. Science and the student entrepreneur. Science (New York, N.Y.), 298(5598), 1556.
A journal article with 3 authors
Cravatt, B. F., Simon, G. M., & Yates, J. R., 3rd. (2007). The biological impact of mass-spectrometry-based proteomics. Nature, 450(7172), 991–1000.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Sytina, O. A., Heyes, D. J., Hunter, C. N., Alexandre, M. T., van Stokkum, I. H. M., van Grondelle, R., & Groot, M. L. (2008). Conformational changes in an ultrafast light-driven enzyme determine catalytic activity. Nature, 456(7224), 1001–1004.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Willan, A. R., & Briggs, A. H. (2006). Statistical Analysis of Cost-effectiveness Data. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Sourisseau, J.-M. (Ed.). (2015). Family Farming and the Worlds to Come. Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Goodess, C. M., Agnew, M. D., Giannakopoulos, C., Hemming, D., Salem, S. B., Bindi, M., Bradai, M. N., Congedi, L., Dibari, C., El-Askary, H., El-Fadel, M., El-Raey, M., Ferrise, R., Founda, D., Grünzweig, J. M., Harzallah, A., Hatzaki, M., Kay, G., Lionello, P., … Varotsos, K. V. (2013). Integration of the Climate Impact Assessments with Future Projections. In A. Navarra & L. Tubiana (Eds.), Regional Assessment of Climate Change in the Mediterranean: Volume 3: Case Studies (pp. 105–162). Springer Netherlands.

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, March 13). When Parents Hesitate About Vaccines, What Should Health-Care Providers Say? 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. (2003). Electronic Disability Claims Processing: Social Security Administration’s Accelerated Strategy Faces Significant Risks (GAO-03-984T). 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
Cagle West, M. (2010). Effective software engineering leadership for development programs [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Phoenix.

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
Oestreich, J. R. (2017, February 16). Period Band Saves Empress. New York Times, C2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Tour, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Tan & Subramaniam, 2002; Tour, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Tan & Subramaniam, 2002)
  • Three authors: (Cravatt et al., 2007)
  • 6 or more authors: (Sytina et al., 2008)

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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