How to format your references using the Health Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Health 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Kling, J. (2015). Cytometry: Measure for measure. Nature, 518(7539), 439–443.
A journal article with 2 authors
Norskov, J. K., & Christensen, C. H. (2006). Chemistry. Toward efficient hydrogen production at surfaces. Science (New York, N.Y.), 312(5778), 1322–1323.
A journal article with 3 authors
Shim, J. H., Haule, K., & Kotliar, G. (2007). Modeling the localized-to-itinerant electronic transition in the heavy fermion system CeIrIn5. Science (New York, N.Y.), 318(5856), 1615–1617.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Downs, J. P., Daeschler, E. B., Jenkins, F. A., Jr, & Shubin, N. H. (2008). The cranial endoskeleton of Tiktaalik roseae. Nature, 455(7215), 925–929.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lyatkher, V. M., & Proudovsky, A. M. (2016). Hydraulic Modeling. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Priami, C., Petre, I., & Vink, E. de (Eds.). (2012). Transactions on Computational Systems Biology XIV: Special Issue on Computational Models for Cell Processes (Vol. 7625). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Gruen, A., Broadley, M. R., Buchner, P., & Hawkesford, M. J. (2014). Efficient Mineral Nutrition: Genetic Improvement of Phosphate Uptake and Use Efficiency in Crops. In M. J. Hawkesford, S. Kopriva, & L. J. De Kok (Eds.), Nutrient Use Efficiency in Plants: Concepts and Approaches (pp. 93–132). 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.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2014, May 30). Bendy, Tactile Electronic Skin for Robots & Prosthetics. 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. (1969). Useful Techniques for Examining Automated Data Processing Systems (No. 091168). 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
Horta, G. (2013). The potential of the Eurozone crisis to mobilize extreme right support in Spain, Portugal, and Italy [Doctoral dissertation]. University of North Carolina.

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
Clarey, C. (2017, January 18). American Contingent’s Strength Is in Numbers, and Youth. New York Times, B9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kling, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Kling, 2015; Norskov & Christensen, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Norskov & Christensen, 2006)
  • Three authors: (Shim et al., 2007)
  • 6 or more authors: (Downs et al., 2008)

About the journal

Full journal titleHealth Psychology
AbbreviationHealth Psychol.
ISSN (print)0278-6133
ISSN (online)1930-7810
ScopePsychiatry and Mental health
Applied Psychology

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