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
Lynch, M. (2002). Genomics. Gene duplication and evolution. Science (New York, N.Y.), 297(5583), 945–947.
A journal article with 2 authors
Scharlemann, J. P. W., & Laurance, W. F. (2008). Environmental science. How green are biofuels? Science (New York, N.Y.), 319(5859), 43–44.
A journal article with 3 authors
Rosin-Arbesfeld, R., Townsley, F., & Bienz, M. (2000). The APC tumour suppressor has a nuclear export function. Nature, 406(6799), 1009–1012.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Pu, J., Gong, H., Li, X., & Luo, Q. (2013). Developing neuronal networks: self-organized criticality predicts the future. Scientific Reports, 3, 1081.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kelly, V. A. (2015). ADDICTION in the Family: What Every Counselor Needs to Know. American Counseling Association.
An edited book
Hoepman, J.-H., & Katzenbeisser, S. (Eds.). (2016). ICT Systems Security and Privacy Protection: 31st IFIP TC 11 International Conference, SEC 2016, Ghent, Belgium, May 30 - June 1, 2016, Proceedings (Vol. 471). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Martin, A. J. (2015). Are These Testing Times, or Is It a Time to Test? Considering the Place of Tests in Students’ Academic Development. In H. Proctor, P. Brownlee, & P. Freebody (Eds.), Controversies in Education: Orthodoxy and Heresy in Policy and Practice (pp. 55–62). 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
Luntz, S. (2017, March 14). Hubble Has Photographed A Giant Among Giants. 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. (2016). Polar Satellites: NOAA Faces Challenges and Uncertainties that Could Affect the Availability of Critical Weather Data (GAO-16-773T). 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
Alexander, M. (2009). Reasoning processes used by paramedics to solve clinical problems [Doctoral dissertation]. George Washington University.

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
Greenhouse, L. (2006, April 27). Court Puts Teeth in “Notice” Needed to Seize Property. New York Times, A18.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lynch, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Lynch, 2002; Scharlemann & Laurance, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Scharlemann & Laurance, 2008)
  • Three authors: (Rosin-Arbesfeld et al., 2000)
  • 6 or more authors: (Pu 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

Other styles