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
Lutkenhaus, J. (2008). Biochemistry. Tinkering with acellular division. Science (New York, N.Y.), 320(5877), 755–756.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lloyd-Jones, G. C., & Ball, L. T. (2014). Catalysis. Self-control tames the coupling of reactive radicals. Science (New York, N.Y.), 345(6195), 381–382.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wake, D. B., Wake, M. H., & Specht, C. D. (2011). Homoplasy: from detecting pattern to determining process and mechanism of evolution. Science (New York, N.Y.), 331(6020), 1032–1035.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Leaver, M., Domínguez-Cuevas, P., Coxhead, J. M., Daniel, R. A., & Errington, J. (2009). Life without a wall or division machine in Bacillus subtilis. Nature, 457(7231), 849–853.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Young, S., & Bramham, J. (2012). Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for ADHD in Adolescents and Adults. Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Tannier, E. (Ed.). (2010). Comparative Genomics: International Workshop, RECOMB-CG 2010, Ottawa, Canada, October 9-11, 2010. Proceedings (Vol. 6398). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Deshpande, A. P. (2010). Oscillatory Shear Rheology for Probing Nonlinear Viscoelasticity of Complex Fluids: Large Amplitude Oscillatory Shear. In J. M. Krishnan, A. P. Deshpande, & P. B. S. Kumar (Eds.), Rheology of Complex Fluids (pp. 87–110). 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, E. (2014, March 18). Video Describes Process of Bagging and Tagging Sharks. 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. (1991). Railroad Competitiveness: Federal Laws and Policies Affect Railroad Competitiveness (RCED-92-16). 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
Matta Veera Venkata, S. (2015). Ensuring security and authentication using zero knowledge protocol in wireless sensor network applications [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
Gorman, J. (2016, October 11). Jaws: The Story of the Stag Beetle. New York Times, D2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lutkenhaus, 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Lloyd-Jones & Ball, 2014; Lutkenhaus, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Lloyd-Jones & Ball, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Wake et al., 2011)
  • 6 or more authors: (Leaver et al., 2009)

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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