How to format your references using the The Journal of Physical Chemistry B citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for The Journal of Physical Chemistry B. 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
Castro Neto, A. H. Physics. Another Spin on Graphene. Science 2011, 332 (6027), 315–316.
A journal article with 2 authors
Burton, D. R.; Weiss, R. A. AIDS/HIV. A Boost for HIV Vaccine Design. Science 2010, 329 (5993), 770–773.
A journal article with 3 authors
Cui, G.; Zhang, M.; Zou, G. Resonant Tunneling Modulation in Quasi-2D Cu(2)O/SnO(2) p-n Horizontal-Multi-Layer Heterostructure for Room Temperature H(2)S Sensor Application. Sci. Rep. 2013, 3, 1250.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Wang, H.-R.; Zhang, Y.; Ozdamar, B.; Ogunjimi, A. A.; Alexandrova, E.; Thomsen, G. H.; Wrana, J. L. Regulation of Cell Polarity and Protrusion Formation by Targeting RhoA for Degradation. Science 2003, 302 (5651), 1775–1779.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Tms. Engineering Solutions for Sustainability; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2011.
An edited book
Combinatorial Optimization and Applications: 4th International Conference, COCOA 2010, Kailua-Kona, HI, USA, December 18-20, 2010, Proceedings, Part II; Wu, W., Daescu, O., Eds.; Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010; Vol. 6509.
A chapter in an edited book
González-Navarro, F. F.; Belanche-Muñoz, L. A. Parsimonious Selection of Useful Genes in Microarray Gene Expression Data. In Software Tools and Algorithms for Biological Systems; Arabnia, H. R., Tran, Q.-N., Eds.; Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology; Springer: New York, NY, 2011; pp 45–55.

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 The Journal of Physical Chemistry B.

Blog post
Andrew, D. Under The Milky Way: What A New Map Reveals About Our Galaxy (accessed 2018 -10 -30).


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. For-Profit Schools: Experiences of Undercover Students Enrolled in Online Classes at Selected Colleges; GAO-12-150; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2011.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Gikiri, M. M. Effects of Attitude, Norms, and Perceived Behavior Control on Intentions to Become a Teen Father. Doctoral dissertation, Capella University, Minneapolis, MN, 2012.

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
Quain, J. R. Carmakers Employ Technology to Give Vehicles Well-Tuned Interiors. New York Times. November 10, 2016, p B3.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

This sentence cites one reference 1.
This sentence cites two references 1,2.
This sentence cites four references 1–4.

About the journal

Full journal titleThe Journal of Physical Chemistry B
AbbreviationJ. Phys. Chem. B
ISSN (print)1520-6106
ISSN (online)1520-5207
ScopePhysical and Theoretical Chemistry
Materials Chemistry
Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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