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
Kostelecký, V. A. (2015). Precision measurement: Relativity tested with a split electron. Nature, 517(7536), 559–560.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kassiotis, G., & O’Garra, A. (2008). Immunology. Immunity benefits from a little suppression. Science (New York, N.Y.), 320(5880), 1168–1169.
A journal article with 3 authors
Cheung, V. G., Sherman, S. L., & Feingold, E. (2010). Genetics. Genetic control of hotspots. Science (New York, N.Y.), 327(5967), 791–792.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Kolbe, J. J., Glor, R. E., Rodríguez Schettino, L., Lara, A. C., Larson, A., & Losos, J. B. (2004). Genetic variation increases during biological invasion by a Cuban lizard. Nature, 431(7005), 177–181.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sandén, B. I. (2011). Design of Multithreaded Software. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Robyns, B. (2012). Vector Control of Induction Machines: Desensitisation and Optimisation Through Fuzzy Logic. (B. Francois, P. Degobert, & J. P. Hautier, Eds.). London: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Conejo, A. J., Baringo, L., Kazempour, S. J., & Siddiqui, A. S. (2016). Investment in Production Capacity. In L. Baringo Morales, S. J. Kazempour, & A. S. Siddiqui (Eds.), Investment in Electricity Generation and Transmission: Decision Making under Uncertainty (pp. 169–227). Cham: 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 Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research.

Blog post
Hamilton, K. (2017, February 24). Animals Know When They Are Being Treated Unfairly (And They Don’t Like It). 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. (1994). Asian Aeronautics: Technology Acquisition Drives Industry Development (No. NSIAD-94-140). 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
Giles, D. M. (2012). A study of remotely sensed aerosol properties from ground-based sun and sky scanning radiometers (Doctoral dissertation). University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD.

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
Dudiyeva, F., & as Told to. (2005, August 21). Three Days and Forever. New York Times, p. 662.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kostelecký 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Kassiotis and O’Garra 2008; Kostelecký 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Kassiotis and O’Garra 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Kolbe et al. 2004)

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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