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
Macilwain, C. (2010). World view: Leaders wanted. Nature, 466(7309), 919.
A journal article with 2 authors
Meacham, C. E., & Morrison, S. J. (2013). Tumour heterogeneity and cancer cell plasticity. Nature, 501(7467), 328–337.
A journal article with 3 authors
Chisholm, S. W., Falkowski, P. G., & Cullen, J. J. (2001). Oceans. Dis-crediting ocean fertilization. Science (New York, N.Y.), 294(5541), 309–310.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Kitano, M., Nakaya, M., Nakamura, T., Nagata, S., & Matsuda, M. (2008). Imaging of Rab5 activity identifies essential regulators for phagosome maturation. Nature, 453(7192), 241–245.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wong, K. D. (2011). Fundamentals of Wireless Communication Engineering Technologies. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Badica, C., Mangioni, G., Carchiolo, V., & Burdescu, D. D. (Eds.). (2008). Intelligent Distributed Computing, Systems and Applications: Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium on Intelligent Distributed Computing – IDC 2008, Catania, Italy, 2008 (Vol. 162). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
McCown, D., Reibel, D., & Micozzi, M. S. (2010). The Skills of the Teacher. In D. Reibel & M. S. Micozzi (Eds.), Teaching Mindfulness: A Practical Guide for Clinicians and Educators (pp. 103–134). Springer.

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
Luntz, S. (2014, June 10). Mysterious Disease Causes Sea Stars To Disintegrate. 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. (1980). A Look at NASA’s Aircraft Energy Efficiency Program (PSAD-80-50). 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
Graves, I. S. (2010). Positioning of Fifth Grade Students in Small-Group Settings: Naming Participation in Discussion-Based Mathematics [Doctoral dissertation]. Indiana 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
Burghardt, L. F. (2006, August 19). An Animal Sanctuary Is Under Pressure to Move. New York Times, LI10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Macilwain, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Macilwain, 2010; Meacham & Morrison, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Meacham & Morrison, 2013)
  • Three authors: (Chisholm et al., 2001)
  • 6 or more authors: (Kitano 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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