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
Castro Neto, A. H. (2011). Physics. Another spin on graphene. Science (New York, N.Y.), 332(6027), 315–316.
A journal article with 2 authors
Rivera, L. B., & Bergers, G. (2015). CANCER. Tumor angiogenesis, from foe to friend. Science (New York, N.Y.), 349(6249), 694–695.
A journal article with 3 authors
David, S. S., O’Shea, V. L., & Kundu, S. (2007). Base-excision repair of oxidative DNA damage. Nature, 447(7147), 941–950.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Narayanan, K., Yen, S. K., Dou, Q., Padmanabhan, P., Sudhaharan, T., Ahmed, S., Ying, J. Y., & Selvan, S. T. (2013). Mimicking cellular transport mechanism in stem cells through endosomal escape of new peptide-coated quantum dots. Scientific Reports, 3, 2184.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Weiss, A. (2009). Getting Started in Consulting. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Lehmann, A., & Wolf, S. (Eds.). (2015). Information Theoretic Security: 8th International Conference, ICITS 2015, Lugano, Switzerland, May 2-5, 2015. Proceedings (Vol. 9063). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Hougardy, S., & Vygen, J. (2016). Computing with Errors. In J. Vygen (Ed.), Algorithmic Mathematics (pp. 57–66). 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 Archives of Scientific Psychology.

Blog post
Hamilton, K. (2017, February 3). Immunotherapy: Training The Body To Fight Cancer. IFLScience; 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. (2006). Responses to Questions for the Record; Hearing on The Future of Air Traffic Control: The R&D Agenda (GAO-06-778R). 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
Seyed Jalali Aghdam, S. M. (2015). Silica aerogel, an alternative to micromachined air gap for thermal insulation of microheaters [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Louisiana.

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
Chira, S. (2013, December 15). Strange Moors. New York Times, BR14.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Castro Neto, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Castro Neto, 2011; Rivera & Bergers, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Rivera & Bergers, 2015)
  • Three authors: (David et al., 2007)
  • 6 or more authors: (Narayanan et al., 2013)

About the journal

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

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