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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for The Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 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
Szidat, S. Atmosphere. Sources of Asian Haze. Science 2009, 323 (5913), 470–471.
A journal article with 2 authors
Little, D. P.; Jeanson, M. L. DNA Barcode Authentication of Saw Palmetto Herbal Dietary Supplements. Sci. Rep. 2013, 3, 3518.
A journal article with 3 authors
Katsanis, S. H.; Javitt, G.; Hudson, K. Public Health. A Case Study of Personalized Medicine. Science 2008, 320 (5872), 53–54.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Akcakaya, P.; Bobbin, M. L.; Guo, J. A.; Malagon-Lopez, J.; Clement, K.; Garcia, S. P.; Fellows, M. D.; Porritt, M. J.; Firth, M. A.; Carreras, A.; Baccega, T.; Seeliger, F.; Bjursell, M.; Tsai, S. Q.; Nguyen, N. T.; Nitsch, R.; Mayr, L. M.; Pinello, L.; Bohlooly-Y, M.; Aryee, M. J.; Maresca, M.; Joung, J. K. In Vivo CRISPR Editing with No Detectable Genome-Wide off-Target Mutations. Nature 2018, 561 (7723), 416–419.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Tobias, J.; Hochhauser, D. Cancer and Its Management; John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester, UK, 2014.
An edited book
Creative Space: Models of Creative Processes for Knowledge Civilization Age; Wierzbicki, A. P., Nakamori, Y., Eds.; Studies in Computational Intelligence; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2006; Vol. 10.
A chapter in an edited book
Bai, Y.; Han, X.; Prince, J. L. Geometric Deformable Models. In Handbook of Biomedical Imaging: Methodologies and Clinical Research; Paragios, N., Duncan, J., Ayache, N., Eds.; Springer US: Boston, MA, 2015; pp 83–104.

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 C.

Blog post
Hamilton, K. Scientists Photograph Rare Teddy Bear-Like Creature For The First Time In Decades. IFLScience. (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. Public Transportation: Improvements Are Needed to More Fully Assess Predicted Impacts of New Starts Projects; GAO-08-844; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2008.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Brown, L. T. Identifying Potential Co-Repressors Associated with Dexamethasone-Induced Repression of the MUC5AC Gene. Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, Washington, DC, 2009.

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
Murphy, M. J. O. What’s Left Behind. New York Times. August 22, 2010, p BR17.

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 C
AbbreviationJ. Phys. Chem. C Nanomater. Interfaces
ISSN (print)1932-7447
ISSN (online)1932-7455
ScopePhysical and Theoretical Chemistry
General Energy
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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