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
Zaanen, J. (2007). Physics. Watching rush hour in the world of electrons. Science (New York, N.Y.), 315(5817), 1372–1373.
A journal article with 2 authors
Vaquero-Sedas, M. I., & Vega-Palas, M. A. (2014). Determination of Arabidopsis thaliana telomere length by PCR. Scientific reports, 4, 5540.
A journal article with 3 authors
Milly, P. C. D., Dunne, K. A., & Vecchia, A. V. (2005). Global pattern of trends in streamflow and water availability in a changing climate. Nature, 438(7066), 347–350.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Elde, N. C., Child, S. J., Geballe, A. P., & Malik, H. S. (2009). Protein kinase R reveals an evolutionary model for defeating viral mimicry. Nature, 457(7228), 485–489.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lee, J. C., & McCormick, N. J. (2011). Risk and Safety Analysis of Nuclear Systems. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Molokovsky, S. I. (2005). Intense Electron and Ion Beams. (A. D. Sushkov, Ed.). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Cartwright, D. (2016). Excluded Homeomorphism Types for Dual Complexes of Surfaces. In M. Baker & S. Payne (Eds.), Nonarchimedean and Tropical Geometry (pp. 133–144). 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 Current Psychology.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, July 22). Scientists Reveal What The Perfect Penis Looks Like. 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. (1997). Education and Employment Issues: Issue Area Plan for Fiscal Year 1997-99 (No. IAP-97-10). 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
Eggers, M. von. (2017). Searching for a Post-Jungian Psychophysical Reality in Recovery from Addiction (Doctoral dissertation). Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, 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
Cowen, T. (2014, September 13). Gauging the Gender Gap, Present and Future. New York Times, p. BU7.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Zaanen 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Vaquero-Sedas and Vega-Palas 2014; Zaanen 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Vaquero-Sedas and Vega-Palas 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Elde et al. 2009)

About the journal

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

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