How to format your references using the Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine: an Open Access Journal citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine: an Open Access Journal. 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
Fortey, R. A. (2002). Evolution: retrospective. Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002). Science (New York, N.Y.), 296(5575), 1984.
A journal article with 2 authors
Mabuchi, H., & Doherty, A. C. (2002). Cavity quantum electrodynamics: coherence in context. Science (New York, N.Y.), 298(5597), 1372–1377.
A journal article with 3 authors
Xiang, G. Y., Hofmann, H. F., & Pryde, G. J. (2013). Optimal multi-photon phase sensing with a single interference fringe. Scientific Reports, 3, 2684.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Anderson, W. A., Banerjee, U., Drennan, C. L., Elgin, S. C. R., Epstein, I. R., Handelsman, J., Hatfull, G. F., Losick, R., O’Dowd, D. K., Olivera, B. M., Strobel, S. A., Walker, G. C., & Warner, I. M. (2011). Science education. Changing the culture of science education at research universities. Science (New York, N.Y.), 331(6014), 152–153.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Good, P. I. (2006). A Manager’s Guide to the Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Cercignani, C., & Gabetta, E. (Eds.). (2007). Transport Phenomena and Kinetic Theory: Applications to Gases, Semiconductors, Photons, and Biological Systems. Birkhäuser.
A chapter in an edited book
Chin, F. Y. L., Fu, B., Jiang, M., Ting, H.-F., & Zhang, Y. (2014). Competitive Algorithms for Unbounded One-Way Trading. In Q. Gu, P. Hell, & B. Yang (Eds.), Algorithmic Aspects in Information and Management: 10th International Conference, AAIM 2014, Vancouver, BC, Canada, July 8-11, 2014. Proceedings (pp. 32–43). 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 Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine: an Open Access Journal.

Blog post
O`Callaghan, J. (2015, August 12). Smallest Supermassive Black Hole Ever Found Could Reveal How Galaxies Grow. 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. (2013). Intermodal Transportation: Results of GAO’s Survey on Air-Rail Connectivity (GAO-13-692SP, August 2013), an E-supplement to GAO-13-691 (GAO-13-692SP). 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
Nguyen, T. H. (2015). Adolescent substance use family-based treatment: A grant proposal project [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
Saslow, L. (2006, November 26). Southampton Buys A Girl Scout Camp. New York Times, 14LI2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Fortey, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Fortey, 2002; Mabuchi & Doherty, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Mabuchi & Doherty, 2002)
  • Three authors: (Xiang et al., 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Anderson et al., 2011)

About the journal

Full journal titleHealth Psychology and Behavioral Medicine: an Open Access Journal
AbbreviationHealth Psychol. Behav. Med.
ISSN (online)2164-2850

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