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
Howlett, R. (2001). Population ecology. Birds in a buffer state. Nature, 412(6845), 396.
A journal article with 2 authors
Feldl, N., & Bilham, R. (2006). Great Himalayan earthquakes and the Tibetan plateau. Nature, 444(7116), 165–170.
A journal article with 3 authors
Zenkin, N., Yuzenkova, Y., & Severinov, K. (2006). Transcript-assisted transcriptional proofreading. Science (New York, N.Y.), 313(5786), 518–520.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Vorel, S. R., Liu, X., Hayes, R. J., Spector, J. A., & Gardner, E. L. (2001). Relapse to cocaine-seeking after hippocampal theta burst stimulation. Science (New York, N.Y.), 292(5519), 1175–1178.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Pérez Fontán, F., & Mariño Espiñeira, P. (2008). Modeling the Wireless Propagation Channel. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Rodrigues, P., Eckersall, D., & Almeida, A. de (Eds.). (2012). Farm animal proteomics: Proceedings of the 3rd Managing Committee Meeting and 2nd Meeting of Working Groups 1, 2 & 3 of COST Action FA1002. Wageningen Academic Publishers.
A chapter in an edited book
Keyes, C. L. M., Fredrickson, B. L., & Park, N. (2012). Positive Psychology and the Quality of Life. In K. C. Land, A. C. Michalos, & M. J. Sirgy (Eds.), Handbook of Social Indicators and Quality of Life Research (pp. 99–112). 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 Social Psychology.

Blog post
Andrew, D. (2016, October 7). Alcohol Is One Of The 5 Most Addictive Substances On The Planet. 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. (1999). Direct Student Loans: Overpayments During the Department of Education’s Conversion to a New Payment System (HEHS-99-44R). 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
Brown, C. P. (2010). Range vs. register: An important distinction in choral repertoire for the adolescent male [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Arizona.

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
Park, L. S. (2017, March 10). Origin of a Species. New York Times, BR17.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Howlett, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Feldl & Bilham, 2006; Howlett, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Feldl & Bilham, 2006)
  • Three authors: (Zenkin et al., 2006)
  • 6 or more authors: (Vorel et al., 2001)

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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