How to format your references using the Body Image citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Body Image. 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
Robinson, G. E. (2015). EVOLUTION. Dissecting diversity in the social brain. Science (New York, N.Y.), 350(6266), 1310–1312.
A journal article with 2 authors
Moënne-Loccoz, P., & Fee, J. A. (2010). Biochemistry. Catalyzing NO to N2O in the nitrogen cycle. Science (New York, N.Y.), 330(6011), 1632–1633.
A journal article with 3 authors
Murakami, K. S., Masuda, S., & Darst, S. A. (2002). Structural basis of transcription initiation: RNA polymerase holoenzyme at 4 A resolution. Science (New York, N.Y.), 296(5571), 1280–1284.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Plusa, B., Hadjantonakis, A.-K., Gray, D., Piotrowska-Nitsche, K., Jedrusik, A., Papaioannou, V. E., Glover, D. M., & Zernicka-Goetz, M. (2005). The first cleavage of the mouse zygote predicts the blastocyst axis. Nature, 434(7031), 391–395.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Moore, R. G., & Garland, A. (2008). Cognitive Therapy for Chronic and Persistent Depression. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Kalyuzhnova, Y. (2016). Local Content Policies in Resource-rich Countries (C. A. Nygaard, Y. Omarov, & A. Saparbayev, Eds.). Palgrave Macmillan UK.
A chapter in an edited book
Sourabh Joshi, & Sarabjit Kaur. (2016). Ant Colony Optimization Meta-heuristic for Solving Real Travelling Salesman Problem. In N. R. Shetty, N. H. Prasad, & N. Nalini (Eds.), Emerging Research in Computing, Information, Communication and Applications: ERCICA 2015, Volume 3 (pp. 55–63). 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 Body Image.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2015, August 27). Antibiotic-resistant Microbes Discovered In African Wildlife. 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. (1999). Transportation Coordination: Benefits and Barriers Exist, and Planning Efforts Progress Slowly (RCED-00-1). 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
Martinez, C. A. (2013). Intervention workshops for members of multidisciplinary teams on hoarding: A grant proposal [Doctoral dissertation]. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Herrman, J. (2017, July 18). What Will Service Work Look Like Under Amazon? New York Times, MM16.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Robinson, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Moënne-Loccoz & Fee, 2010; Robinson, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Moënne-Loccoz & Fee, 2010)
  • Three authors: (Murakami et al., 2002)
  • 6 or more authors: (Plusa et al., 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleBody Image
AbbreviationBody Image
ISSN (print)1740-1445
ScopeGeneral Psychology
Applied Psychology
Social Psychology

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