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
Spaldin, N. A. (2004). Materials science. Fundamental size limits in ferroelectricity. Science (New York, N.Y.), 304(5677), 1606–1607.
A journal article with 2 authors
Gurdon, J. B., & Melton, D. A. (2008). Nuclear reprogramming in cells. Science (New York, N.Y.), 322(5909), 1811–1815.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sadqi, M., Fushman, D., & Muñoz, V. (2006). Atom-by-atom analysis of global downhill protein folding. Nature, 442(7100), 317–321.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Connor, C. M., Morrison, F. J., Fishman, B. J., Schatschneider, C., & Underwood, P. (2007). The early years. Algorithm-guided individualized reading instruction. Science (New York, N.Y.), 315(5811), 464–465.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Stockinger, P. (2013). Audiovisual Archives. Hoboken, NJ USA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Padget, J., Artikis, A., Vasconcelos, W., Stathis, K., Silva, V. T. da, Matson, E., & Polleres, A. (Eds.). (2010). Coordination, Organizations, Institutions and Norms in Agent Systems V: COIN 2009 International Workshops. COIN@AAMAS 2009, Budapest, Hungary, May 2009, COIN@IJCAI 2009, Pasadena, USA, July 2009, COIN@MALLOW 2009, Turin, Italy, September 2009. Revised Selected Papers (Vol. 6069). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Field, W. E., & Tormoehlen, R. L. (2006). Education and Training as Intervention Strategies. In J. E. Lessenger (Ed.), Agricultural Medicine: A Practical Guide (pp. 42–52). New York, NY: 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 Current Psychology.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, April 22). The Race Is Still On For A Reusable Rocket Despite The SpaceX Setback. 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. (1980). NASA Lewis Research Center Attempts To Procure Suitable Wind Turbine Rotor Blades (No. PSAD-81-12). 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
Clark, K. N. (2012). Institutions and Self-Governing Social Systems: Linking Reflexivity and Institutional Theories for Cybersecurity and Other Commons Governance Policies (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
Mazzetti, M., Goldman, A., & Schmidt, M. S. (2017, August 2). Under Trump, Shell of a Force In Syria Swiftly Lost C.I.A. Aid. New York Times, p. A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Spaldin 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Gurdon and Melton 2008; Spaldin 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Gurdon and Melton 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Connor et al. 2007)

About the journal

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

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