How to format your references using the Acta de Investigación Psicológica citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Acta de Investigación Psicológica. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
McNab, B. K. (2000). Energy constraints on carnivore diet. Nature, 407(6804), 584.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wang, M. H., & vom Saal, F. S. (2000). Maternal age and traits in offspring. Nature, 407(6803), 469–470.
A journal article with 3 authors
Davison, P. A., Hunter, C. N., & Horton, P. (2002). Overexpression of beta-carotene hydroxylase enhances stress tolerance in Arabidopsis. Nature, 418(6894), 203–206.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Alkuraya, F. S., Saadi, I., Lund, J. J., Turbe-Doan, A., Morton, C. C., & Maas, R. L. (2006). SUMO1 haploinsufficiency leads to cleft lip and palate. Science (New York, N.Y.), 313(5794), 1751.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Scott, D. M. (2009). World Wide Rave. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Habgood, J. (2006). The Game Maker’s Apprentice: Game Development for Beginners (M. Overmars, Ed.). Apress.
A chapter in an edited book
AbuZeina, D., & Elshafei, M. (2012). Modeling of Arabic Cross-Word Pronunciation Variations. In M. Elshafei (Ed.), Cross-Word Modeling for Arabic Speech Recognition (pp. 47–58). Springer US.

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 Acta de Investigación Psicológica.

Blog post
Andrew, D. (2016, September 12). One In Five Tattoo Inks In Australia Contain Carcinogenic Chemicals. 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. (1990). B-2 Bomber: Contract Structure and Selected Provisions (NSIAD-90-230FS). 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
Moulder, J. C. (2010). Comparative analgesic effects of prepulse inhibition and reduced voltage waveforms in defibrillation [Doctoral dissertation]. George Washington University.

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
Pfaff, J. (2017, October 18). The Justices Need Fact-Checkers. New York Times, A27.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (McNab, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (McNab, 2000; Wang & vom Saal, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Wang & vom Saal, 2000)
  • Three authors: (Davison et al., 2002)
  • 6 or more authors: (Alkuraya et al., 2006)

About the journal

Full journal titleActa de Investigación Psicológica
AbbreviationActa Investig. Psicol.
ISSN (print)2007-4719

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