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
Krull, W. (2002). A fresh start for European science. Nature, 419(6904), 249–250.
A journal article with 2 authors
Geddis, A. E., & Kaushansky, K. (2007). Immunology. The root of platelet production. Science (New York, N.Y.), 317(5845), 1689–1691.
A journal article with 3 authors
Song, C., Wang, P., & Makse, H. A. (2008). A phase diagram for jammed matter. Nature, 453(7195), 629–632.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Waldvogel, D., van Gelderen, P., Muellbacher, W., Ziemann, U., Immisch, I., & Hallett, M. (2000). The relative metabolic demand of inhibition and excitation. Nature, 406(6799), 995–998.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Meinert, C. L. (2012). Clinical Trials Dictionary. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Neck, R., Richter, C., & Mooslechner, P. (Eds.). (2008). Quantitative Economic Policy: Essays in Honour of Andrew Hughes Hallett (Vol. 20). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Mandal, B., & Chakrabarti, A. (2015). Equivalent Orthotropic Plate Model for Fibre Reinforced Plastic Sandwich Bridge Deck Panels with Various Core Configurations. In V. Matsagar (Ed.), Advances in Structural Engineering: Mechanics, Volume One (pp. 43–53). Springer India.

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
Evans, K. (2017, January 9). New Guidelines Advise Giving Peanuts To Babies Early To Prevent Allergies. 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. (1994). Surface Transportation: Tight Budget Environment Requires Sound Investment Strategy (T-RCED-94-146). 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
Greenhouse, L. (2007, January 23). Supreme Court Constrains Judges’ Power in Sentencing. New York Times, A15.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Krull, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Geddis & Kaushansky, 2007; Krull, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Geddis & Kaushansky, 2007)
  • Three authors: (Song et al., 2008)
  • 6 or more authors: (Waldvogel et al., 2000)

About the journal

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

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