How to format your references using the Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. 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
Ploehn, H. J. (2015). Materials science: Composite for energy storage takes the heat. Nature, 523(7562), 536–537.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sheppard, S. S., & Trujillo, C. A. (2010). Detection of a trailing (L5) Neptune Trojan. Science (New York, N.Y.), 329(5997), 1304.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bockrath, C., Ballhaus, C., & Holzheid, A. (2004). Fractionation of the platinum-group elements during mantle melting. Science (New York, N.Y.), 305(5692), 1951–1953.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Gomez, T. M., Robles, E., Poo, M., & Spitzer, N. C. (2001). Filopodial calcium transients promote substrate-dependent growth cone turning. Science (New York, N.Y.), 291(5510), 1983–1987.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Church, R. L., & Murray, A. T. (2008). Business Site Selection, Location Analysis and GIS. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Fuhr, N., Lalmas, M., Malik, S., & Kazai, G. (Eds.). (2006). Advances in XML Information Retrieval and Evaluation: 4th International Workshop of the Initiative for the Evaluation of XML Retrieval, INEX 2005, Dagstuhl Castle, Germany, November 28-30, 2005. Revised Selected Papers (Vol. 3977). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Truong, K. N., Patel, S. N., Summet, J. W., & Abowd, G. D. (2005). Preventing Camera Recording by Designing a Capture-Resistant Environment. In M. Beigl, S. Intille, J. Rekimoto, & H. Tokuda (Eds.), UbiComp 2005: Ubiquitous Computing: 7th International Conference, UbiComp 2005, Tokyo, Japan, September 11-14, 2005. Proceedings (pp. 73–86). 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 Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, May 29). This Eco-Friendly Capsule Home Would Let You Live Off The Grid Anywhere In The World. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 2018


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. (1987). Digests of Unpublished Decisions of the Comptroller General of the United States, Vol. IV, No. 2 (No. 135433). 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
Paaske, L. K. (2014). AVPV kisspeptin neurons mediate neuroprogesterone induction of the luteinizing hormone surge (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Brantley, B. (2017, April 17). Lost and Found in a Magic Tale of Nomads. New York Times, p. C5.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ploehn 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Ploehn 2015; Sheppard and Trujillo 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Sheppard and Trujillo 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Gomez et al. 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleAdministration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
AbbreviationAdm. Policy Ment. Health
ISSN (print)0894-587X
ISSN (online)1573-3289
ScopeHealth Policy
Psychiatry and Mental health
Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Phychiatric Mental Health

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