How to format your references using the Acta Psychologica citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Acta Psychologica. 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
Buckingham, S. (2004). Bioinformatics: data’s future shock. Nature, 428(6984), 774–777.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hughes, S., & Gurung, S. (2014). Exploring the boundary between a siphon and barometer in a hypobaric chamber. Scientific Reports, 4, 4741.
A journal article with 3 authors
Regenauer-Lieb, K., Weinberg, R. F., & Rosenbaum, G. (2006). The effect of energy feedbacks on continental strength. Nature, 442(7098), 67–70.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Cohen, A. L., Owens, K. E., Layne, G. D., & Shimizu, N. (2002). The effect of algal symbionts on the accuracy of Sr/Ca paleotemperatures from coral. Science (New York, N.Y.), 296(5566), 331–333.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sedivy, J., & Carlson, G. (2011). Sold on Language. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Rabe, K. M., Ahn, C. H., & Triscone, J.-M. (Eds.). (2007). Physics of Ferroelectrics: A Modern Perspective (Vol. 105). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Yu, P., Lin, L., Wang, F., Wang, J., & Wang, M. (2014). Improving Recommendations with Collaborative Factors. In F. Li, G. Li, S.-W. Hwang, B. Yao, & Z. Zhang (Eds.), Web-Age Information Management: 15th International Conference, WAIM 2014, Macau, China, June 16-18, 2014. Proceedings (pp. 30–33). Springer International Publishing.

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 Psychologica.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2014, March 21). Stem Cells From Just A Finger Prick. 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. (2014). Advanced Imaging Technology: TSA Needs Additional Information before Procuring Next-Generation Systems (GAO-14-357). 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
Cao, Y. (2006). Morphological and Functional Characterization of the Neurotransmitter GABA in Adult Rat Taste Buds [Doctoral dissertation]. Ohio State 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
Belson, K. (2014, August 11). Coaxing Fire and Police Staffs in Arizona to Cut Own Pensions. New York Times, A11.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Buckingham, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Buckingham, 2004; Hughes & Gurung, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Hughes & Gurung, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Regenauer-Lieb et al., 2006)
  • 6 or more authors: (Cohen et al., 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleActa Psychologica
AbbreviationActa Psychol. (Amst.)
ISSN (print)0001-6918
ScopeArts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
General Medicine
Developmental and Educational Psychology
Experimental and Cognitive Psychology

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