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
Lučić, V. (2014). Neuroscience: towards unified vesicle endocytosis. Nature, 515(7526), 207–208.
A journal article with 2 authors
Gehring, W. J., & Willoughby, A. R. (2002). The medial frontal cortex and the rapid processing of monetary gains and losses. Science (New York, N.Y.), 295(5563), 2279–2282.
A journal article with 3 authors
Liang, Y., Wu, D., & Fu, R. (2013). Carbon microfibers with hierarchical porous structure from electrospun fiber-like natural biopolymer. Scientific reports, 3, 1119.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Lim, L. P., Lau, N. C., Garrett-Engele, P., Grimson, A., Schelter, J. M., Castle, J., et al. (2005). Microarray analysis shows that some microRNAs downregulate large numbers of target mRNAs. Nature, 433(7027), 769–773.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lowman, M. (2017). A Practical Guide to Analytics for Governments. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
G, M. M. G., R, M. M. M., & Babak, A. M. (Eds.). (2011). Master Techniques in Blepharoplasty and Periorbital Rejuvenation. New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Petkov, P. (2006). Electrode-Limited Currents in Thin Ternary Chalcogenide Films. In R. Kassing, P. Petkov, W. Kulisch, & C. Popov (Eds.), Functional Properties of Nanostructured Materials (pp. 57–72). Dordrecht: 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 Current Psychology.

Blog post
O`Callaghan, J. (2016, December 21). Another Team Has Signed Up For Google’s XPRIZE Moon Race Next Year. 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. (2012). Motor Carrier Safety: New Applicant Reviews Should Expand to Identify Freight Carriers Evading Detection (No. GAO-12-364). 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
Tripamer, A. J. (2013). Teacher Perceptions of Teacher Evaluations in the Fort Zumwalt School District (Doctoral dissertation). Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL.

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
Vecsey, G. (2010, June 28). An Obvious Case For Instant Replay. New York Times, p. D3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lučić 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Gehring and Willoughby 2002; Lučić 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Gehring and Willoughby 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Lim et al. 2005)

About the journal

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

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