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
Sudbery, P. (2002). Cell biology. When wee meets whi. Science (New York, N.Y.), 297(5580), 351–352.
A journal article with 2 authors
Smith, Z. R., & Long, J. A. (2010). Control of Arabidopsis apical-basal embryo polarity by antagonistic transcription factors. Nature, 464(7287), 423–426.
A journal article with 3 authors
Matzke, M., Matzke, A. J., & Kooter, J. M. (2001). RNA: guiding gene silencing. Science (New York, N.Y.), 293(5532), 1080–1083.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Yang, Q., Lu, Z., Sun, X., & Liu, J. (2013). Ultrathin Co3O4 nanosheet arrays with high supercapacitive performance. Scientific Reports, 3, 3537.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Tolinski, M. (2011). Plastics and Sustainability. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Bhattacharyya, S., Dutta, P., De, S., & Klepac, G. (Eds.). (2016). Hybrid Soft Computing for Image Segmentation. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Eralp, L., & Eren, İ. (2015). Knee Arthrodesis with Monolateral External Fixator for the Treatment of Infected Knee Arthroplasty. In M. Kocaoğlu, H. Tsuchiya, & L. Eralp (Eds.), Advanced Techniques in Limb Reconstruction Surgery (pp. 101–110). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

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
Fang, J. (2014, December 11). Dragonflies Can Predict Their Prey’s Next Move. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (2012). Maritime Security: Progress and Challenges 10 Years after the Maritime Transportation Security Act (No. GAO-12-1009T). Washington, DC: 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
Kapatsinski, V. (2009). The architecture of grammar in artificial grammar learning: Formal biases in the acquisition of morphophonology and the nature of the learning task (Doctoral dissertation). Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

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
Goff, P. A., & Buchanan, K. S. (2017, June 21). The Wrong Role for The Police. New York Times, p. A23.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Sudbery, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Smith & Long, 2010; Sudbery, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Smith & Long, 2010)
  • Three authors: (Matzke, Matzke, & Kooter, 2001)
  • 6 or more authors: (Yang, Lu, Sun, & Liu, 2013)

About the journal

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

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