How to format your references using the Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy. 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
Amabilino, D. B. (2009). Chemistry. How deformation can lend a hand to molecular ordering. Science (New York, N.Y.), 325(5939), 402–403.
A journal article with 2 authors
Huxley, A., & Green, A. G. (2007). Physics. Electrons acquire a split personality in bismuth. Science (New York, N.Y.), 317(5845), 1694–1695.
A journal article with 3 authors
Psaltis, D., Quake, S. R., & Yang, C. (2006). Developing optofluidic technology through the fusion of microfluidics and optics. Nature, 442(7101), 381–386.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Feng, L., Yang, L., Huang, Z., Luo, J., Li, M., Wang, D., & Chen, Y. (2013). Enhancing electrocatalytic oxygen reduction on nitrogen-doped graphene by active sites implantation. Scientific Reports, 3, 3306.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Abdul-Rahman, Y. (2014). The Art of RF (Riba-Free) Islamic Banking and Finance. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Kachapi, S. H. H. (2014). Dynamics and Vibrations: Progress in Nonlinear Analysis (D. D. Ganji, Ed.; Vol. 202). Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Dewey, D. (2016). Crucial Phenomena. In A. Aguirre, B. Foster, & Z. Merali (Eds.), How Should Humanity Steer the Future? (pp. 27–36). 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 Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, June 19). Cat Lovers Rejoice: Watching Online Videos Lowers Stress And Makes You Happy. 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. (2009). Aviation Safety: Better Data and Targeted FAA Efforts Needed to Identify and Address Safety Issues of Small Air Cargo Carriers (GAO-09-614). 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
Hutter-Thomas, S. (2017). Sociocultural Evolution: An Examination of Unorthodox Elective Body Modification [Doctoral dissertation]. Capella 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
Raghavan, A. (2013, May 17). A Lust for Zeros. New York Times, MM30.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Amabilino, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Amabilino, 2009; Huxley & Green, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Huxley & Green, 2007)
  • Three authors: (Psaltis et al., 2006)
  • 6 or more authors: (Feng et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleBody, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy
AbbreviationBody Mov. Dance Psychother.
ISSN (print)1743-2979
ISSN (online)1743-2987
ScopePsychiatry and Mental health
Clinical Psychology

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