How to format your references using the European Psychologist citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for European Psychologist. 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
Delft, J. (2000). MESOSCOPIC PHYSICS: Quantum Dots as Tunable Kondo Impurities. Science (New York, N.Y.), 289(5487), 2064–2065.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kelley, N. P., & Pyenson, N. D. (2015). Vertebrate evolution. Evolutionary innovation and ecology in marine tetrapods from the Triassic to the Anthropocene. Science (New York, N.Y.), 348(6232), aaa3716.
A journal article with 3 authors
Zhang, C., Chan, C. T., & Hu, X. (2014). Broadband focusing and collimation of water waves by zero refractive index. Scientific Reports, 4, 6979.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Sali, A., Glaeser, R., Earnest, T., & Baumeister, W. (2003). From words to literature in structural proteomics. Nature, 422(6928), 216–225.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Packard, A. (2010). Digital Media Law. Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Moritz, K. M. (2008). Factors Influencing Mammalian Kidney Development: Implications for Health in Adult Life (M. Wintour-Coghlan, M. J. Black, J. F. Bertram, & G. Caruana, Eds.; Vol. 196). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Pham, V.-T., Volos, C. K., & Vaidyanathan, S. (2015). Multi-scroll Chaotic Oscillator Based on a First-Order Delay Differential Equation. In A. T. Azar & S. Vaidyanathan (Eds.), Chaos Modeling and Control Systems Design (pp. 59–72). 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 European Psychologist.

Blog post
Davis, J. (2015, June 5). FDA Panel Backs Experimental Drug That Improves Women’s Sex Drives. IFLScience; IFLScience.


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. (2002). Highway Infrastructure: Preliminary Information on the Timely Completion of Highway Construction Projects (GAO-02-1067T). 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
Gleason, R. (2013). Nanosphere lithography applied to magnetic thin films [Doctoral dissertation]. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Hodgman, J. (2017, June 16). Bonus Advice From Judge John Hodgman. New York Times, MM18.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Delft, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Delft, 2000; Kelley & Pyenson, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Kelley & Pyenson, 2015)
  • Three authors: (Zhang et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Sali et al., 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleEuropean Psychologist
AbbreviationEur. Psychol.
ISSN (print)1016-9040
ISSN (online)1878-531X
ScopeArts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
General Psychology

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