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
Ulbricht, M. (2015). Materials science: gating mechanism under pressure. Nature, 519(7541), 41–42.
A journal article with 2 authors
Mastrandrea, M. D., & Schneider, S. H. (2004). Probabilistic integrated assessment of “dangerous” climate change. Science (New York, N.Y.), 304(5670), 571–575.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wieman, C. E., Adams, W. K., & Perkins, K. K. (2008). PHYSICS. PhET: simulations that enhance learning. Science (New York, N.Y.), 322(5902), 682–683.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Zhang, C., Liu, L., Cui, X., Zheng, L., Deng, Y., & Shi, F. (2013). Chlorine as an indicator in the controllable preparation of active nano-gold catalyst. Scientific Reports, 3, 1503.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Tagliamonte, S. A. (2015). Making Waves. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Inter-American Development Bank. (2016). Saving for Development: How Latin America and the Caribbean Can Save More and Better. (E. Cavallo & T. Serebrisky, Eds.). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan US.
A chapter in an edited book
Messner, W. (2012). Strategically Organising for Innovation in Global Sourcing. In U. Bäumer, P. Kreutter, & W. Messner (Eds.), Globalization of Professional Services: Innovative Strategies, Successful Processes, Inspired Talent Management, and First-Hand Experiences (pp. 41–51). Berlin, Heidelberg: 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
Andrew, E. (2015, February 24). Plague Outbreaks That Ravaged Europe For Centuries Were Driven By Climate Changes In Asia. 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. (2005). Space Acquisitions: Stronger Development Practices and Investment Planning Needed to Address Continuing Problems (No. GAO-05-891T). 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
Powell, T. J. (2012). Saxophone sonatas: 1980–2010 (Doctoral dissertation). University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD.

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
Pear, R. (2017, September 20). Health Insurers Predict Chaos From Latest G.O.P. Repeal Bill. New York Times, p. A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ulbricht, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Ulbricht, 2015, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Mastrandrea & Schneider, 2004)
  • Three authors: (Wieman, Adams, & Perkins, 2008)
  • 6 or more authors: (Zhang et al., 2013)

About the journal

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

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