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
Nelder, C. (2013). Communication: Positive energy. Nature, 498(7454), 293–295.
A journal article with 2 authors
Oppo, D. W., & Rosenthal, Y. (2010). Oceans. The great Indo-Pacific communicator. Science (New York, N.Y.), 328(5985), 1492–1494.
A journal article with 3 authors
Frank, F., Sonenberg, N., & Nagar, B. (2010). Structural basis for 5’-nucleotide base-specific recognition of guide RNA by human AGO2. Nature, 465(7299), 818–822.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Cheng, Y. C., Kicas, S., Trull, J., Peckus, M., Cojocaru, C., Vilaseca, R., … Staliunas, K. (2014). Flat focusing mirror. Scientific Reports, 4, 6326.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Mansour, M., Wilhite, R., & Rowe, J. (2017). Guide to Ruminant Anatomy. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Forestieri, E. (Ed.). (2005). Optical Communication Theory and Techniques. Boston, MA: Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Cutolo, F., Carbone, M., Parchi, P. D., Ferrari, V., Lisanti, M., & Ferrari, M. (2016). Application of a New Wearable Augmented Reality Video See-Through Display to Aid Percutaneous Procedures in Spine Surgery. In L. T. De Paolis & A. Mongelli (Eds.), Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Computer Graphics: Third International Conference, AVR 2016, Lecce, Italy, June 15-18, 2016. Proceedings, Part II (pp. 43–54). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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, E. (2014, November 13). Why Rosetta Is The Greatest Space Mission Of Our Lifetime. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (1990). Pell Grants: How the Department of Education Estimates Program Costs (No. HRD-90-73BR). Washington, DC: 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
Sheah, J. (2015). Reading Dreams: Representation of Dreams Through Artists’ Books (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Kishkovsky, S. (2012, April 23). Thousands In Moscow Rally to Call By Patriarch. New York Times, p. A7.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gingerich, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Cassou, 2008; Hotamisligil, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Oppo & Rosenthal, 2010)
  • Three authors: (Frank, Sonenberg, & Nagar, 2010)
  • 6 or more authors: (Ohki et al., 2006)

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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