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
Bygbjerg, I. C. (2012). Double burden of noncommunicable and infectious diseases in developing countries. Science (New York, N.Y.), 337(6101), 1499–1501.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lyra, W., & Kuchner, M. (2013). Formation of sharp eccentric rings in debris disks with gas but without planets. Nature, 499(7457), 184–187.
A journal article with 3 authors
Thomas, A. M., Nadeau, R. M., & Bürgmann, R. (2009). Tremor-tide correlations and near-lithostatic pore pressure on the deep San Andreas fault. Nature, 462(7276), 1048–1051.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Whitham, T. G., Difazio, S. P., Schweitzer, J. A., Shuster, S. M., Allan, G. J., Bailey, J. K., & Woolbright, S. A. (2008). Extending genomics to natural communities and ecosystems. Science (New York, N.Y.), 320(5875), 492–495.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bernstein, L., & Yuhas, C. M. (2005). Trustworthy Systems through Quantitative Software Engineering. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Nair, P. K. R., & Garrity, D. (Eds.). (2012). Agroforestry - The Future of Global Land Use (Vol. 9). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Refaat, S. A. (2015). Egyptian Tourism with the Expected Water Scarcity Crisis. In V. Katsoni (Ed.), Cultural Tourism in a Digital Era: First International Conference IACuDiT, Athens, 2014 (pp. 39–56). Cham: 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
Taub, B. (2015, November 3). NASA Releases Stunning Half-Hour Ultra HD Video Of The Sun. 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. (2017). Information Technology: HUD Needs to Address Significant Weaknesses in Its Cost Estimating Practices (No. GAO-17-281). 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
Galvan, R. (2015). A mixed-methods study of mathematics and science achievement of refugee students in homogeneous and heterogeneous groups (Doctoral dissertation). Capella University, Minneapolis, MN.

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
Kelly, C. (2009, May 7). Facebook Status? In Town and Wondering What to Do. New York Times, p. F5.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bygbjerg, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Bygbjerg, 2012; Lyra & Kuchner, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Lyra & Kuchner, 2013)
  • Three authors: (Thomas, Nadeau, & Bürgmann, 2009)
  • 6 or more authors: (Whitham et al., 2008)

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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