How to format your references using the European Review of Social Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for European Review of Social 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
Lang, T. (2011). Advancing global health research through digital technology and sharing data. Science (New York, N.Y.), 331(6018), 714–717.
A journal article with 2 authors
Newman, D. K., & Banfield, J. F. (2002). Geomicrobiology: how molecular-scale interactions underpin biogeochemical systems. Science (New York, N.Y.), 296(5570), 1071–1077.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lehmann, S., Jackson, A. D., & Lautrup, B. E. (2006). Measures for measures. Nature, 444(7122), 1003–1004.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Spinner, M., Kovalev, A., Gorb, S. N., & Westhoff, G. (2013). Snake velvet black: hierarchical micro- and nanostructure enhances dark colouration in Bitis rhinoceros. Scientific Reports, 3, 1846.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Graham, C. (2014). Markov Chains: Analytic and Monte Carlo Computations. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Zhang, J. Y., Wilkiewicz, J., & Nahapetian, A. (Eds.). (2012). Mobile Computing, Applications, and Services: Third International Conference, MobiCASE 2011, Los Angeles, CA, USA, October 24-27, 2011. Revised Selected Papers (Vol. 95). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Dragolov, G., Ignácz, Z. S., Lorenz, J., Delhey, J., Boehnke, K., & Unzicker, K. (2016). Syndrome Character and Regimes of Social Cohesion. In Z. S. Ignácz, J. Lorenz, J. Delhey, K. Boehnke, & K. Unzicker (Eds.), Social Cohesion in the Western World: What Holds Societies Together: Insights from the Social Cohesion Radar (pp. 47–58). 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 Review of Social Psychology.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, August 5). Japanese Whisky Sent Into Space For Aging Aboard The International Space Station. 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. (2006). Head Start: Progress and Challenges in Implementing Transportation Regulations (GAO-06-767R). 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
Murray, T. M. (2008). A grounded theory of U.S. Army installation realignment and closure leadership characteristics [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Phoenix.

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
Kishkovsky, S. (2012, January 7). Church Hints It May Serve As Mediator In Russia. New York Times, A10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lang, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Lang, 2011; Newman & Banfield, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Newman & Banfield, 2002)
  • Three authors: (Lehmann et al., 2006)
  • 6 or more authors: (Spinner et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleEuropean Review of Social Psychology
AbbreviationEur. Rev. Soc. Psychol.
ISSN (print)1046-3283
ISSN (online)1479-277X
ScopeSocial Psychology

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