How to format your references using the Annual Review of Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Annual Review of Psychology. 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
Allen MR. 2003. Climate forecasting: possible or probable? Nature. 425(6955):242
A journal article with 2 authors
Burov E, Gerya T. 2014. Asymmetric three-dimensional topography over mantle plumes. Nature. 513(7516):85–89
A journal article with 3 authors
Sakellariou D, Le Goff G, Jacquinot J-F. 2007. High-resolution, high-sensitivity NMR of nanolitre anisotropic samples by coil spinning. Nature. 447(7145):694–97
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Sundar VC, Yablon AD, Grazul JL, Ilan M, Aizenberg J. 2003. Fibre-optical features of a glass sponge. Nature. 424(6951):899–900

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Habart-Corlosquet M, Janssen J, Manca R. 2013. VaR Methodology for Non-Gaussian Finance. Hoboken, NJ USA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Benedini M. 2013. Water Quality Modelling for Rivers and Streams, Vol. 70. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands
A chapter in an edited book
Gutierrez A, Correa T, Muñoz V, Santibañez A, Marcos R, et al. 2007. Farming of the giant kelp Macrocystis pyrifera in southern Chile for development of novel food products. In Eighteenth International Seaweed Symposium: Proceedings of the Eighteenth International Seaweed Symposium, Held in Bergen, Norway, 20 – 25 June 2004, eds. R Anderson, J Brodie, E Onsøyen, AT Critchley, pp. 33–41. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands

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 Annual Review of Psychology.

Blog post
Andrew D. 2016. 7 Terrible Health Tips From Gwyneth Paltrow. 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. 1979. Current National Issues Involving Science and Technology. 094310, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Ren W. 2013. The Portrayal of Risk-taking Behaviors in Traffic on the Prime-time Television Series. Doctoral dissertation thesis. Southern Illinois 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
Pilon M. 2013. For Some Players, Tax Ensures a Loss Even After a Win. New York Times, Dec. 12, , p. B9

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Allen 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Allen 2003; Burov & Gerya 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Burov & Gerya 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Sundar et al. 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleAnnual Review of Psychology
AbbreviationAnnu. Rev. Psychol.
ISSN (print)0066-4308
ISSN (online)1545-2085
ScopeGeneral Psychology

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