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
Burkov, A. (2015). PHYSICS. Chiral anomaly without relativity. Science (New York, N.Y.), 350(6259), 378–379.
A journal article with 2 authors
Jaramillo, F., & Destouni, G. (2015). Local flow regulation and irrigation raise global human water consumption and footprint. Science (New York, N.Y.), 350(6265), 1248–1251.
A journal article with 3 authors
Li, F., Saslow, W. M., & Pokrovsky, V. L. (2013). Phase diagram for magnon condensate in Yttrium Iron Garnet film. Scientific Reports, 3, 1372.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Adamantidis, A. R., Zhang, F., Aravanis, A. M., Deisseroth, K., & de Lecea, L. (2007). Neural substrates of awakening probed with optogenetic control of hypocretin neurons. Nature, 450(7168), 420–424.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bullock, J. (2017). Wireshark® for Security Professionals. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Aguirre, A., Foster, B., & Merali, Z. (Eds.). (2016). How Should Humanity Steer the Future? (1st ed. 2016). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Chen, L., Li, M., Zhang, J., Zhu, Z., & Yang, Z. (2014). A Statistical Method for Translating Chinese into Under-resourced Minority Languages. In X. Shi & Y. Chen (Eds.), Machine Translation: 10th China Workshop, CWMT 2014, Macau, China, November 4-6, 2014. Proceedings (pp. 49–60). 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
O`Callaghan, J. (2015, July 27). Scientists Find Something Very Bizarre Behind Pluto. 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. (1996). FCC: Flexible Service Offerings in the Commercial Mobile Radio Services (OGC-96-40). 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
Dobson, E. C. (2012). Elizabeth C. Dobson Consulting and Design: A business plan for aging-in-place resources [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
Shpigel, B. (2016, October 30). Jets Again Look All but Helpless, and Then the Second Half Starts. New York Times, D5.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Burkov, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Burkov, 2015; Jaramillo & Destouni, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Jaramillo & Destouni, 2015)
  • Three authors: (Li et al., 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Adamantidis et al., 2007)

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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