How to format your references using the GeroPsych: The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for GeroPsych: The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry. 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
Wright, A. R. (2013). Realising Haldane’s vision for a Chern insulator in buckled lattices. Scientific Reports, 3, 2736.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bollrath, J., & Powrie, F. (2013). Immunology. Feed your Tregs more fiber. Science (New York, N.Y.), 341(6145), 463–464.
A journal article with 3 authors
Cooper, T. F., O’Leary, R. A., & Lough, J. M. (2012). Growth of Western Australian corals in the anthropocene. Science (New York, N.Y.), 335(6068), 593–596.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Aguilaniu, H., Gustafsson, L., Rigoulet, M., & Nyström, T. (2003). Asymmetric inheritance of oxidatively damaged proteins during cytokinesis. Science (New York, N.Y.), 299(5613), 1751–1753.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Troppens, U., Erkens, R., & Müller, W. (2004). Storage Networks Explained. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Cabestany, J., Rojas, I., & Joya, G. (Eds.). (2011). Advances in Computational Intelligence: 11th International Work-Conference on Artificial Neural Networks, IWANN 2011, Torremolinos-Málaga, Spain, June 8-10, 2011, Proceedings, Part I (Vol. 6691). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Angosto, C., & López-Pellicer, M. (2014). Compactness and Distances to Spaces of Continuous Functions and Fréchet Spaces. In J. C. Ferrando & M. López-Pellicer (Eds.), Descriptive Topology and Functional Analysis: In Honour of Jerzy Kakol’s 60th Birthday (pp. 75–93). 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 GeroPsych: The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, April 20). Wild Chimps In Uganda Have Learned To Look Both Ways When Crossing The Roads. 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. (1982). Industrial Policy: Case Studies in the Japanese Experience (ID-83-11). 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
Baker, M. C. (2010). A descriptive study of the view from the top: Perspectives of experts in continuing medical education [Doctoral dissertation]. University of South Florida.

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
Detrick, B. (2016, October 26). The Vnyl. New York Times, D8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wright, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Bollrath & Powrie, 2013; Wright, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Bollrath & Powrie, 2013)
  • Three authors: (Cooper et al., 2012)
  • 6 or more authors: (Aguilaniu et al., 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleGeroPsych: The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry
AbbreviationGeroPsych (Bern)
ISSN (print)1662-9647
ISSN (online)1662-971X
ScopeGeriatrics and Gerontology

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