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
Sarewitz, D. (2015). CRISPR: Science can’t solve it. Nature, 522(7557), 413–414.
A journal article with 2 authors
Garcia, C. M., & Ramirez, E. (2005). Evidence that sensory traps can evolve into honest signals. Nature, 434(7032), 501–505.
A journal article with 3 authors
Choudhury, S., Morgan, D., & Uberuaga, B. P. (2014). Massive interfacial reconstruction at misfit dislocations in metal/oxide interfaces. Scientific Reports, 4, 6533.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Shang, G. L., Fei, G. T., Zhang, Y., Yan, P., Xu, S. H., Ouyang, H. M., & Zhang, L. D. (2014). Fano resonance in anodic aluminum oxide based photonic crystals. Scientific Reports, 4, 3601.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Holt, J. (2013). The Ultimate Daily Show and Philosophy. John Wiley & Sons.
An edited book
Lengstorf, J. (2013). Realtime Web Apps: With HTML5 WebSocket, PHP, and jQuery (P. Leggetter, Ed.). Apress.
A chapter in an edited book
Emigh, R. J., Riley, D., & Ahmed, P. (2016). Regionalism, Nationalism, and the Italian Censuses. In D. Riley & P. Ahmed (Eds.), Changes in Censuses from Imperialist to Welfare States: How Societies and States Count (pp. 83–113). Palgrave Macmillan 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
Andrews, R. (2016, October 4). Contraceptive Pill Appears To Significantly Increase The Risk Of Depression. 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. (2006). Internet Infrastructure: DHS Faces Challenges in Developing a Joint Public/Private Recovery Plan (GAO-06-672). 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
Benson, M. K. (2010). Joint -service integration: An organizational culture study of the United States Department of Defense voluntary education system [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
Shpigel, B. (2016, October 9). After Simmering and Stewing, Brady Returns to Roast the Browns. New York Times, D1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Sarewitz, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Garcia & Ramirez, 2005; Sarewitz, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Garcia & Ramirez, 2005)
  • Three authors: (Choudhury et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Shang et al., 2014)

About the journal

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

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