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
Godfray, H. C. J., Jr. (2007). Linnaeus in the information age. Nature, 446(7133), 259–260.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kennis, J. T. M., & Crosson, S. (2007). Microbiology. A bacterial pathogen sees the light. Science (New York, N.Y.), 317(5841), 1041–1042.
A journal article with 3 authors
Linnerooth-Bayer, J., Mechler, R., & Pflug, G. (2005). Refocusing disaster aid. Science (New York, N.Y.), 309(5737), 1044–1046.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Xiang, X., Shi, Y., Yang, J., Kong, J., Lin, X., Zhang, H., et al. (2014). Rapid recovery of soil bacterial communities after wildfire in a Chinese boreal forest. Scientific reports, 4, 3829.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Davies, D. (2011). Philosophy of the Performing Arts. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Handke, V. (2013). Flexible Ridesharing: New Opportunities and Service Concepts for Sustainable Mobility. (H. Jonuschat, Ed.). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Yoshida, R., & Takashima, K. (2009). Simple Algorithms for Computing a Sequence of 2-Isogenies. In P. J. Lee & J. H. Cheon (Eds.), Information Security and Cryptology – ICISC 2008: 11th International Conference, Seoul, Korea, December 3-5, 2008, Revised Selected Papers (pp. 52–65). 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
Hale, T. (2017, February 27). Subway’s “Chicken” Contains Just 50 Percent Chicken DNA, Says Investigation. 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. (1989). Information Management: Issues Important to Farmers Home Administration Systems Modernization (No. IMTEC-89-64). 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
Lindemann-Litzsinger, C. (2017). Investigating the Possible Relationship Between Participation in High School Athletics and First-Generation College Student Persistence to College Graduation (Doctoral dissertation). Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO.

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
Barron, J. (2017, April 7). Van Wyck Guardrails Take a Beating From Cars and Trump. New York Times, p. A21.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Godfray 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Godfray 2007; Kennis and Crosson 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Kennis and Crosson 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Xiang et al. 2014)

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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