How to format your references using the British Journal of Health Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for British Journal of Health 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
Newman, A. L. (2015). What the “right to be forgotten” means for privacy in a digital age. Science (New York, N.Y.), 347(6221), 507–508.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sonenberg, N., & Pause, A. (2006). Signal transduction. Protein synthesis and oncogenesis meet again. Science (New York, N.Y.), 314(5798), 428–429.
A journal article with 3 authors
Carporzen, L., Gilder, S. A., & Hart, R. J. (2005). Palaeomagnetism of the Vredefort meteorite crater and implications for craters on Mars. Nature, 435(7039), 198–201.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Shimojima, M., Miyazawa, T., Ikeda, Y., McMonagle, E. L., Haining, H., Akashi, H., Takeuchi, Y., Hosie, M. J., & Willett, B. J. (2004). Use of CD134 as a primary receptor by the feline immunodeficiency virus. Science (New York, N.Y.), 303(5661), 1192–1195.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Larkin, R. F., & DiTommaso, M. (2015). Wiley Not-for-Profit GAAP 2015. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Agarwal, A., Aitken, R. J., & Alvarez, J. G. (Eds.). (2012). Studies on Men’s Health and Fertility. Humana Press.
A chapter in an edited book
Högselius, P., Kaijser, A., & van der Vleuten, E. (2015). Networked Food Economy. In A. Kaijser & E. van der Vleuten (Eds.), Europe’s Infrastructure Transition: Economy, War, Nature (pp. 107–140). Palgrave Macmillan UK.

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 British Journal of Health Psychology.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, August 11). Australia’s Post-2020 Climate Target Not Enough To Stop 2C Warming: Experts. 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). Space Acquisitions: DOD Faces Substantial Challenges in Developing New Space Systems (GAO-09-705T). 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
Uzan, E. (2017). Secondary Mathematics Pre-Service Teachers’ Processes of Selection and Integration of Technology [Doctoral dissertation]. Indiana 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
Crow, K. (2001, December 30). Listening Hard to Softer Cries for Help. New York Times, 146.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Newman, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Newman, 2015; Sonenberg & Pause, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Sonenberg & Pause, 2006)
  • Three authors: (Carporzen et al., 2005)
  • 6 or more authors: (Shimojima et al., 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleBritish Journal of Health Psychology
AbbreviationBr. J. Health Psychol.
ISSN (print)1359-107X
ISSN (online)2044-8287
ScopeGeneral Medicine
Applied Psychology

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