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
Huntington, H. P. (2011). Arctic science: The local perspective. Nature, 478(7368), 182–183.
A journal article with 2 authors
Rock, J. R., & Hogan, B. L. M. (2010). Developmental biology. Branching takes nerve. Science (New York, N.Y.), 329(5999), 1610–1611.
A journal article with 3 authors
Meschke, M., Guichard, W., & Pekola, J. P. (2006). Single-mode heat conduction by photons. Nature, 444(7116), 187–190.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Ovchinnikov, I. V., Götherström, A., Romanova, G. P., Kharitonov, V. M., Lidén, K., & Goodwin, W. (2000). Molecular analysis of Neanderthal DNA from the northern Caucasus. Nature, 404(6777), 490–493.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ryan, F. (2013). Cognitive Therapy for Addiction. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
An edited book
Ferreira, J. J. M., Raposo, M., Rutten, R., & Varga, A. (Eds.). (2013). Cooperation, Clusters, and Knowledge Transfer: Universities and Firms Towards Regional Competitiveness. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Syed, K. T. (2012). Unveiling Marginalization. In K. T. Syed (Ed.), Through White Noise: Autonarrative Exploration of Racism, Discrimination, and the Doorways to Academic Citizenship in Canada (pp. 51–74). Rotterdam: SensePublishers.

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
Taub, B. (2016, June 20). Researchers Have Figured Out Why Thalidomide Causes Birth Defects. 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. (1990). Burden Sharing: Allied Protection of Ships in the Persian Gulf in 1987 and 1988 (No. NSIAD-90-282BR). 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
DeReus, D. L. (2012). The correlation between career anchors and satisfaction - a comparative analysis of multiple affiliations under a single organizational structure (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
Brantley, B., & Morris, W. (2017, January 11). August Wilson: Then. Now. Forever? New York Times, p. AR10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Huntington, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Huntington, 2011, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Rock & Hogan, 2010)
  • Three authors: (Meschke, Guichard, & Pekola, 2006)
  • 6 or more authors: (Ovchinnikov et al., 2000)

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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