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
Sundqvist B. 2014. Mapping intermolecular bonding in C₆₀. Sci. Rep. 4:6171
A journal article with 2 authors
Fearon ER, Cadigan KM. 2005. Cell biology. Wnt signaling glows with RNAi. Science. 308(5723):801–3
A journal article with 3 authors
Meek SA, Conrad H, Meijer G. 2009. Trapping molecules on a chip. Science. 324(5935):1699–1702
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Katayama I, Hirauchi K-I, Michibayashi K, Ando J-I. 2009. Trench-parallel anisotropy produced by serpentine deformation in the hydrated mantle wedge. Nature. 461(7267):1114–17

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lu M. 2005. Arithmetic and Logic in Computer Systems. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Tanaka K, Berto F, Mares E, Paoli F, eds. 2013. Paraconsistency: Logic and Applications, Vol. 26. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands
A chapter in an edited book
Demazeux S. 2015. The Function Debate and the Concept of Mental Disorder. In Classification, Disease and Evidence: New Essays in the Philosophy of Medicine, eds. P Huneman, G Lambert, M Silberstein, pp. 63–91. 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
Taub B. 2016. Large Human Brains May Have Evolved In Order To Judge Others. 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. 1998. DOD, GSA, and NASA: Federal Acquisition Regulation--Reform of Affirmative Action in Federal Procurement. OGC-98-64, 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
Nepal RM. 2006. Class II MHC Function in Macrophages and Mice Infected with Mycobacterium. Doctoral dissertation thesis. 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
Yablonsky L. 2011. Splattered on the Screen. New York Times, Nov. 6, , p. ST3

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Sundqvist 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Fearon & Cadigan 2005; Sundqvist 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Fearon & Cadigan 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Katayama et al. 2009)

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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