How to format your references using the Archives of Scientific Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Archives of Scientific 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.
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
Kärre, K. (2002). Immunology. A perfect mismatch. Science (New York, N.Y.), 295(5562), 2029–2031.
A journal article with 2 authors
Velian, A., & Cummins, C. C. (2015). Inorganic chemistry. Synthesis and characterization of P₂N₃: an aromatic ion composed of phosphorus and nitrogen. Science (New York, N.Y.), 348(6238), 1001–1004.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ma, J., Bai, L., & Wang, M. D. (2013). Transcription under torsion. Science (New York, N.Y.), 340(6140), 1580–1583.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Evans, R. E., Bhaskar, M. K., Sukachev, D. D., Nguyen, C. T., Sipahigil, A., Burek, M. J., … Lukin, M. D. (2018). Photon-mediated interactions between quantum emitters in a diamond nanocavity. Science (New York, N.Y.), 362(6415), 662–665.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Russell, C. (2006). Trustee Investment Strategy for Endowments and Foundations. Oxford, UK: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
An edited book
Kapur, S., & Erşahin, S. (Eds.). (2014). Soil Security for Ecosystem Management: Mediterranean Soil Ecosystems 1 (Vol. 8). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Morshedian, A., & Fain, G. L. (2014). Molecular Mechanism of Adaptation in Vertebrate Rods. In T. Furukawa, J. B. Hurley, & S. Kawamura (Eds.), Vertebrate Photoreceptors: Functional Molecular Bases (pp. 73–90). Tokyo: Springer Japan.

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 Archives of Scientific Psychology.

Blog post
Taub, B. (2016, November 1). Scientists Have Turned Spinach Into A Bomb Detector. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (1975). Comments on Energy Research and Development Administration’s Proposed Arrangement for the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Demonstration Plant Project (No. RED-75-361). 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
Parker, H. A. (2017). Virtual Mate Poaching: A study of the tactics used to poach a potential mate on Social Networking Sites (Doctoral dissertation). Capella University, Minneapolis, MN.

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
Kanter, J., & Castle, S. (2016, October 20). ‘Brexit,’ Migration, Trade: The E.U.’s List of Crises Keeps Growing. New York Times, p. A6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kärre, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Kärre, 2002; Velian & Cummins, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Velian & Cummins, 2015)
  • Three authors: (Ma, Bai, & Wang, 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Evans et al., 2018)

About the journal

Full journal titleArchives of Scientific Psychology
AbbreviationArch. Sci. Psychol.
ISSN (online)2169-3269

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