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
Stoll, H. (2009). Journal club. A biogeochemist sees the value of diversity in a changing ocean. Nature, 460(7258), 935.
A journal article with 2 authors
Shao, Z., & Vollrath, F. (2002). Surprising strength of silkworm silk. Nature, 418(6899), 741.
A journal article with 3 authors
Soukoulis, C. M., Linden, S., & Wegener, M. (2007). Physics. Negative refractive index at optical wavelengths. Science (New York, N.Y.), 315(5808), 47–49.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Tang, X. D., Xu, R., Reynolds, M. F., Garcia, M. L., Heinemann, S. H., & Hoshi, T. (2003). Haem can bind to and inhibit mammalian calcium-dependent Slo1 BK channels. Nature, 425(6957), 531–535.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Berthier, J., Brakke, K. A., & Berthier, E. (2016). Open Microfluidics. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Yu, Z., Liscano, R., Chen, G., Zhang, D., & Zhou, X. (Eds.). (2010). Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing: 7th International Conference, UIC 2010, Xi’an, China, October 26-29, 2010. Proceedings (Vol. 6406). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Grefen, P., & Mehandjiev, N. (2010). Organization Aspect. In N. Mehandjiev & P. Grefen (Eds.), Dynamic Business Process Formation for Instant Virtual Enterprises (pp. 39–47). 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. (2015, July 8). There’s No Evidence to Suggest There is Life on Comet 67P. 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. (1980). Oversight of Federally Sponsored Research and Development (No. 113733). 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
Selis, A. H. (2010). Holding the center: How one Jewish day school negotiates differences in a pluralistic community [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Maryland, College Park.

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
Loomis, G. (2016, April 26). Interpreting Verdi and Alfredo Casella. New York Times, C4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Stoll, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Shao & Vollrath, 2002; Stoll, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Shao & Vollrath, 2002)
  • Three authors: (Soukoulis et al., 2007)
  • 6 or more authors: (Tang et al., 2003)

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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