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
Baets, R. (2013). Photonics: an ultra-small silicon laser. Nature, 498(7455), 447–448.
A journal article with 2 authors
Mezbahul-Islam, M., & Medraj, M. (2013). Phase equilibrium in Mg-Cu-Y. Scientific Reports, 3, 3033.
A journal article with 3 authors
van den Engh, G., Nelson, P., & Roach, J. (2000). Numismatic gyrations. Nature, 408(6812), 540.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Guo, Y.-N., Ungur, L., Granroth, G. E., Powell, A. K., Wu, C., Nagler, S. E., Tang, J., Chibotaru, L. F., & Cui, D. (2014). An NCN-pincer ligand dysprosium single-ion magnet showing magnetic relaxation via the second excited state. Scientific Reports, 4, 5471.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Beckers, B., & Beckers, P. (2014). Reconciliation of Geometry and Perception in Radiation Physics. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Rowiński, P., & Marion, A. (Eds.). (2016). Hydrodynamic and Mass Transport at Freshwater Aquatic Interfaces: 34th International School of Hydraulics. Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Li, Y. (2010). Local Community of Eco-politics: Its Potentials and Limitations. In Q. Huan (Ed.), Eco-socialism as Politics: Rebuilding the Basis of Our Modern Civilisation (pp. 63–73). Springer Netherlands.

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, E. (2015, May 1). Connecting Animals To The Cloud Could Help Predict Earthquakes. 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. (2015). Medicaid Information Technology: CMS Supports Use of Program Integrity Systems but Should Require States to Determine Effectiveness (GAO-15-207). 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
Marquez, H. H. (2017). Social Capital, Academics, and Sense of Belonging among High School Foster Youth [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
Endrst, J. (2016, September 6). Hugh O’Brian, Dashing Leading Man Remembered for ‘Wyatt Earp,’ Dies at 91. New York Times, B6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Baets, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Baets, 2013; Mezbahul-Islam & Medraj, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Mezbahul-Islam & Medraj, 2013)
  • Three authors: (van den Engh et al., 2000)
  • 6 or more authors: (Guo et al., 2014)

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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