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
Mastalerz, M. (2015). Materials chemistry: Liquefied molecular holes. Nature, 527(7577), 174–176.
A journal article with 2 authors
Peel, M. C., & McMahon, T. A. (2006). Continental runoff: a quality-controlled global runoff data set. Nature, 444(7120), E14; discussion E14-5.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kennedy, M. J., Pevear, D. R., & Hill, R. J. (2002). Mineral surface control of organic carbon in black shale. Science (New York, N.Y.), 295(5555), 657–660.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Wu, J., Li, J., Deng, B., Jiang, H., Wang, Z., Yu, M., Li, L., Xing, C., & Li, Y. (2013). Self-healing of the superhydrophobicity by ironing for the abrasion durable superhydrophobic cotton fabrics. Scientific Reports, 3, 2951.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Mohan, N. (2014). Advanced Electric Drives. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Turnbull, J. (2009). Pro Linux System Administration (P. Lieverdink & D. Matotek, Eds.). Apress.
A chapter in an edited book
Dereziński, J. (2009). Quadratic Hamiltonians and Their Renormalization. In J. Janas, P. Kurasov, S. Naboko, A. Laptev, & G. Stolz (Eds.), Methods of Spectral Analysis in Mathematical Physics: Conference on Operator Theory, Analysis and Mathematical Physics (OTAMP) 2006, Lund, Sweden (pp. 89–102). Birkhäuser.

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
Andrews, R. (2016, December 5). The Seafloor Has Its Own “Bees” Too. 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. (1987). Reports Issued in October 1987 (No. 134487). 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
Gao, S. (2009). Characterization of the TAT cell penetrating peptide and directed evolution of new cell penetrating peptides for protein and nucleotide delivery to neuronal -like cells [Doctoral dissertation]. Columbia 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
Joy, S. (2014, September 25). Bags That Don’t Brag. New York Times, E17.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Mastalerz, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Mastalerz, 2015; Peel & McMahon, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Peel & McMahon, 2006)
  • Three authors: (Kennedy et al., 2002)
  • 6 or more authors: (Wu 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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