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
Rowlett, P. (2011). The unplanned impact of mathematics. Nature, 475(7355), 166–169.
A journal article with 2 authors
Pawlowska, T. E., & Taylor, J. W. (2004). Organization of genetic variation in individuals of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Nature, 427(6976), 733–737.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hurtley, S., Ash, C., & Roberts, L. (2010). Tuberculosis & malaria. Landscapes of infection. Introduction. Science (New York, N.Y.), 328(5980), 841.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Wang, X., Jiao, L., Sheng, K., Li, C., Dai, L., & Shi, G. (2013). Solution-processable graphene nanomeshes with controlled pore structures. Scientific Reports, 3, 1996.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Böhmer, E. (2015). Dentistry in Rabbits and Rodents. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Yamaguchi, Y. (Ed.). (2016). Immunotherapy of Cancer: An Innovative Treatment Comes of Age (1st ed. 2016). Springer Japan.
A chapter in an edited book
Itino, T., & Hirao, A. S. (2016). Plant Genetic Diversity and Plant–Pollinator Interactions Along Altitudinal Gradients. In G. Kudo (Ed.), Structure and Function of Mountain Ecosystems in Japan: Biodiversity and Vulnerability to Climate Change (pp. 63–88). Springer Japan.

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
Taub, B. (2016, May 20). This Is Why Your Nose Looks Like It Does. 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. (1986). The School Dropout Problem (No. 129915). 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
Coleman, J. M. (2012). Classroom management: Whose responsibility is it? [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
Cooper, M. (2017, May 5). Triumph and Tragedy by the Numbers. New York Times, AR22.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Rowlett, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Pawlowska & Taylor, 2004; Rowlett, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Pawlowska & Taylor, 2004)
  • Three authors: (Hurtley et al., 2010)
  • 6 or more authors: (Wang 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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