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
Lander, E. S. (2011). Initial impact of the sequencing of the human genome. Nature, 470(7333), 187–197.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ochman, H., & Davalos, L. M. (2006). The nature and dynamics of bacterial genomes. Science (New York, N.Y.), 311(5768), 1730–1733.
A journal article with 3 authors
Pilet, S., Baker, M. B., & Stolper, E. M. (2008). Metasomatized lithosphere and the origin of alkaline lavas. Science (New York, N.Y.), 320(5878), 916–919.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Checkley, D. M., Jr, Dickson, A. G., Takahashi, M., Radich, J. A., Eisenkolb, N., & Asch, R. (2009). Elevated CO2 enhances otolith growth in young fish. Science (New York, N.Y.), 324(5935), 1683.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sanchez, A., & Carro, B. (2017). Digital Services in the 21st Century. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Véron, J. (2007). Ages, Generations and the Social Contract: The Demographic Challenges Facing the Welfare State (S. Pennec & J. Légaré, Eds.). Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Schein, M., Sajja, S., & Elben, H. U. (2007). Diagnostica per immagini per lo studio dell’addome. In M. Schein & P. N. Rogers (Eds.), Chirurgia addominale d’urgenza: il buon senso di Schein: Guida pratica per sopravvivere nella trincea delle urgenze chirurgiche (pp. 33–54). Springer.

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
Evans, K. (2016, July 15). Fat Isn’t Nearly As Bad For You As We Thought — And Another Ingredient Is Likely Worse. 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. (2011). Social Security Statements: Observations on SSA’s Plans for the Social Security Statement (GAO-11-787T). 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
Raines, J. R. (2010). Exploring differences in teacher attitudes and instructional strategies between traditional and block schedule high schools: A comparison of two large schools [Doctoral dissertation]. Lindenwood 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
Cooper, M. (2017, June 22). On Gun Ownership, and Attitudes, in America. New York Times, A9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lander, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Lander, 2011; Ochman & Davalos, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Ochman & Davalos, 2006)
  • Three authors: (Pilet et al., 2008)
  • 6 or more authors: (Checkley et al., 2009)

About the journal

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

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