How to format your references using the Current Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Current 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
Clayton, J. (2003). Going into production. Nature, 426(6967), 727.
A journal article with 2 authors
Albuschies, J., & Vogel, V. (2013). The role of filopodia in the recognition of nanotopographies. Scientific reports, 3, 1658.
A journal article with 3 authors
Esvelt, K. M., Carlson, J. C., & Liu, D. R. (2011). A system for the continuous directed evolution of biomolecules. Nature, 472(7344), 499–503.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Viana, M. P., Strano, E., Bordin, P., & Barthelemy, M. (2013). The simplicity of planar networks. Scientific reports, 3, 3495.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Medhurst, D. (2008). A Brief and Practical Guide to EU Law. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Science Ltd.
An edited book
Berezin, V. (Ed.). (2010). Structure and Function of the Neural Cell Adhesion Molecule NCAM (Vol. 663). New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Carey, R. M., & Siragy, H. M. (2007). Angiotensin AT2 Receptors in Blood Pressure Regulation. In R. M. Carey (Ed.), Hypertension and Hormone Mechanisms (pp. 75–89). Totowa, NJ: Humana Press.

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 Current Psychology.

Blog post
Hale, T. (2015, October 20). NASA Will Upload Images Of Earth From Space Every Day. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 2018


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. (2015). NASA: Assessments of Selected Large-Scale Projects [Reissued on March 26, 2015] (No. GAO-15-320SP). 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
Seip, N. (2009). A one day training on the human papillomavirus for foster youth receiving independent living services: A grant proposal (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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. (2017, July 30). The Teacher Learns She’s a Student, Too. New York Times, p. C5.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Clayton 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Albuschies and Vogel 2013; Clayton 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Albuschies and Vogel 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Viana et al. 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleCurrent Psychology
AbbreviationCurr. Psychol.
ISSN (print)1046-1310
ISSN (online)1936-4733
ScopeGeneral Psychology

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