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
Green, H. W., 2nd. (2001). Plate tectonics. A graveyard for buoyant slabs? Science (New York, N.Y.), 292(5526), 2445–2446.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kristensen, P., & Bjerkedal, T. (2007). Explaining the relation between birth order and intelligence. Science (New York, N.Y.), 316(5832), 1717.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hanna, R. A., Campbell, R. L., & Davies, P. L. (2008). Calcium-bound structure of calpain and its mechanism of inhibition by calpastatin. Nature, 456(7220), 409–412.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Pushkarsky, I., Liu, Y., Lyb, Y., Weaver, W., Su, T.-W., Mudanyali, O., Ozcan, A., & Di Carlo, D. (2014). Automated single-cell motility analysis on a chip using lensfree microscopy. Scientific Reports, 4, 4717.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Price, J. (2010). The Conscious Investor. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Nicholson, L. A. (2016). Understanding the Caribbean Enterprise: Insights from MSMEs and Family Owned Businesses (J. G. Lashley, Ed.). Palgrave Macmillan UK.
A chapter in an edited book
Guterch, B., Lewandowska-Marciniak, H., & Mazur, M. (2015). Source Materials to the Outer Western Carpathian Earthquake of December 3, 1786. In B. Guterch & J. Kozák (Eds.), Studies of Historical Earthquakes in Southern Poland: Outer Western Carpathian Earthquake of December 3, 1786, and First Macroseismic Maps in 1858-1901 (pp. 119–179). 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 British Journal of Health Psychology.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, August 21). Humans Are “Super Predators” That Are Driving Widespread Extinction. 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. (1995). [Comments on Claim for Additional Charges on FAA Shipment] (B-259720). 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
Corral, D. C. (2010). A grant proposal: Parent and adolescent support group [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
Kelly, D. (2010, June 13). Heroes, Studs and Raging Bulls. New York Times, BR12.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Green, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Green, 2001; Kristensen & Bjerkedal, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Kristensen & Bjerkedal, 2007)
  • Three authors: (Hanna et al., 2008)
  • 6 or more authors: (Pushkarsky et al., 2014)

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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