How to format your references using the British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical 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
Pikitch, E. K. (2012). Oceans. The risks of overfishing. Science (New York, N.Y.), 338(6106), 474–475.
A journal article with 2 authors
Butchart, N., & Scaife, A. A. (2001). Removal of chlorofluorocarbons by increased mass exchange between the stratosphere and troposphere in a changing climate. Nature, 410(6830), 799–802.
A journal article with 3 authors
Tang, R.-Y., Li, G., & Yu, J.-Q. (2014). Conformation-induced remote meta-C-H activation of amines. Nature, 507(7491), 215–220.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Balmford, A., Moore, J. L., Brooks, T., Burgess, N., Hansen, L. A., Williams, P., & Rahbek, C. (2001). Conservation conflicts across Africa. Science (New York, N.Y.), 291(5513), 2616–2619.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Cook, M. (2008). Personnel Selection. Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Punter, A. (2016). Psychometric Framework for Modeling Parental Involvement and Reading Literacy (C. A. W. Glas & M. R. M. Meelissen, Eds.; Vol. 1). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Làdavas, E., Serino, A., Bottini, G., Beschin, N., & Magnotti, L. (2012). Riabilitazione dell’eminattenzione spaziale unilaterale o neglect. In G. Vallar, A. Cantagallo, S. F. Cappa, & P. Zoccolotti (Eds.), La riabilitazione neuropsicologica: Un’analisi basata sul metodo evidence-based medicine (pp. 35–56). Springer.

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 Mathematical and Statistical Psychology.

Blog post
Andrew, D. (2016, September 17). Decriminalise Use Of Medical Marijuana And Legalise Small-Scale Cultivation. 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. (1989). Supplemental Student Loans: Who Borrows and Who Defaults (HRD-90-33FS). 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
Vundavilli, R. (2014). Bubble Removal in Microfluidic Devices Using Nanofibrous Membranes [Doctoral dissertation]. Southern Illinois 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
Lasdun, J. (2017, May 19). Odd Coupling. New York Times, BR11.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Pikitch, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Butchart & Scaife, 2001; Pikitch, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Butchart & Scaife, 2001)
  • Three authors: (Tang et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Balmford et al., 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleBritish Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology
AbbreviationBr. J. Math. Stat. Psychol.
ISSN (print)0007-1102
ISSN (online)2044-8317
ScopeArts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
Statistics and Probability
General Medicine
General Psychology

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