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 (J. Phys. Chem. 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
Varki, A. Glycan-Based Interactions Involving Vertebrate Sialic-Acid-Recognizing Proteins. Nature 2007, 446 (7139), 1023–1029.
A journal article with 2 authors
Rhoten, D.; Parker, A. Education. Risks and Rewards of an Interdisciplinary Research Path. Science 2004, 306 (5704), 2046.
A journal article with 3 authors
Syntichaki, P.; Troulinaki, K.; Tavernarakis, N. EIF4E Function in Somatic Cells Modulates Ageing in Caenorhabditis Elegans. Nature 2007, 445 (7130), 922–926.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Deng, Y.; Yu, Y.; Song, Y.; Zhang, J.; Wang, N. Z.; Sun, Z.; Yi, Y.; Wu, Y. Z.; Wu, S.; Zhu, J.; et al. Gate-Tunable Room-Temperature Ferromagnetism in Two-Dimensional Fe3GeTe2. Nature 2018, 563 (7729), 94–99.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Paterson, J. C. Lean Auditing; John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester, UK, 2015.
An edited book
III-Nitride Based Light Emitting Diodes and Applications; Seong, T.-Y., Han, J., Amano, H., Morkoc, H., Eds.; Topics in Applied Physics; Springer Netherlands: Dordrecht, 2013; Vol. 126.
A chapter in an edited book
Araújo, V.; Pacifico, M. J. Robust Transitivity and Singular-Hyperbolicity. In Three-Dimensional Flows; Pacifico, M. J., Ed.; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010; pp 123–161.

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. Why Is It Still So Hard For Patients In Need To Get Medicinal Cannabis? (accessed Oct 30, 2018).


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. Analysis of Data for Exports Regulated by the Department of Commerce; GAO-07-197R; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2006.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Castillo-Garrison, E. M. Asilomar Leadership Skills Seminar: The Career Preparation, Advancement, and Enhancement of Women in California Community College Leadership. Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine University: Malibu, CA, 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
Koblin, J. How a Network Missed Out On the Weinstein Exposé. New York Times. October 11, 2017, p B1.

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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