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
Clayton, J. (2012). Clinical approval: Trials of an anticancer jab. Nature, 488(7413), S4-6.
A journal article with 2 authors
Pons, A. J., & Karma, A. (2010). Helical crack-front instability in mixed-mode fracture. Nature, 464(7285), 85–89.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yu, Y.-T. N., Yuan, X., & Velicer, G. J. (2010). Adaptive evolution of an sRNA that controls Myxococcus development. Science (New York, N.Y.), 328(5981), 993.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Schedlbauer, A. M., Copara, M. S., Watrous, A. J., & Ekstrom, A. D. (2014). Multiple interacting brain areas underlie successful spatiotemporal memory retrieval in humans. Scientific Reports, 4, 6431.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Soustelle, M. (2016). Thermodynamics of Surfaces and Capillary Systems. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Venugopal, K. R. (2009). Soft Computing for Data Mining Applications (K. G. Srinivasa & L. M. Patnaik, Eds.). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Núñez, A. A., Sáez, D. A., & Cortés, C. E. (2013). Hybrid Predictive Control for Operational Decisions in Public Transport Systems. In D. A. Sáez & C. E. Cortés (Eds.), Hybrid Predictive Control for Dynamic Transport Problems (pp. 95–125). London: 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
Andrew, E. (2014, June 3). New Image Reveals Violent Collision of Galaxies.


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. (1995). Amtrak: Early Progress Made in Implementing Strategic and Business Plan, but Obstacles Remain (No. T-RCED-95-227). Washington, DC: 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
Schwarcz-Besson, P. (2017). The Field in Psychoanalytic Research Methodology (Doctoral dissertation). Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA.

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
Davey, M. (2017, May 30). Drop in Violence Gives a City Hope. New York Times, p. A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Clayton, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Clayton, 2012; Pons & Karma, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Pons & Karma, 2010)
  • Three authors: (Yu, Yuan, & Velicer, 2010)
  • 6 or more authors: (Schedlbauer, Copara, Watrous, & Ekstrom, 2014)

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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