How to format your references using the British Journal of Social Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for British Journal of Social 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
Fairley, P. (2011). Introduction: Next generation biofuels. Nature, 474(7352), S2-5.
A journal article with 2 authors
Luo, Z.-X., & Wible, J. R. (2005). A Late Jurassic digging mammal and early mammalian diversification. Science (New York, N.Y.), 308(5718), 103–107.
A journal article with 3 authors
Dunham, E. M., Favreau, P., & Carlson, J. M. (2003). A supershear transition mechanism for cracks. Science (New York, N.Y.), 299(5612), 1557–1559.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Thon, M., Hosoi, T., Yoshii, M., & Ozawa, K. (2014). Leptin induced GRP78 expression through the PI3K-mTOR pathway in neuronal cells. Scientific Reports, 4, 7096.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Walke, B., Seidenberg, R., & Althoff, M. P. (2005). UMTS. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Benthem, J. van, Heinzmann, G., Rebuschi, M., & Visser, H. (Eds.). (2006). The Age of Alternative Logics: Assessing Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics Today. Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Hosseini, H., & Ulieru, M. (2012). Leveraging Domain Knowledge to Learn Normative Behavior: A Bayesian Approach. In P. Vrancx, M. Knudson, & M. Grześ (Eds.), Adaptive and Learning Agents: International Workshop, ALA 2011, Held at AAMAS 2011, Taipei, Taiwan, May 2, 2011, Revised Selected Papers (pp. 70–84). 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 Social Psychology.

Blog post
Taub, B. (2016, November 17). Researchers Say Psychedelic Drugs Could Help Cure Addiction. 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. (1993). Contract Award Practices: Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Generally Observes Competitive Principles (RCED-93-63). 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
Short, D. D. (2009). Assessing effectiveness and economic efficiency in California Community College transfer advising [Doctoral dissertation]. Northcentral 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
Williams, J. (2016, September 11). A Different View of London. New York Times, BR6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Fairley, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Fairley, 2011; Luo & Wible, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Luo & Wible, 2005)
  • Three authors: (Dunham et al., 2003)
  • 6 or more authors: (Thon et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleBritish Journal of Social Psychology
AbbreviationBr. J. Soc. Psychol.
ISSN (print)0144-6665
ISSN (online)2044-8309
ScopeSocial Psychology

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