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
Kirschvink, J. L. (2014). Sensory biology: Radio waves zap the biomagnetic compass. Nature, 509(7500), 296–297.
A journal article with 2 authors
Clarke, A., & Kapustin, V. (2010). Hemispheric aerosol vertical profiles: anthropogenic impacts on optical depth and cloud nuclei. Science (New York, N.Y.), 329(5998), 1488–1492.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sidhu, A. B. S., Verdier-Pinard, D., & Fidock, D. A. (2002). Chloroquine resistance in Plasmodium falciparum malaria parasites conferred by pfcrt mutations. Science (New York, N.Y.), 298(5591), 210–213.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Cheng, C., Amini, A., Zhu, C., Xu, Z., Song, H., & Wang, N. (2014). Enhanced photocatalytic performance of TiO2-ZnO hybrid nanostructures. Scientific Reports, 4, 4181.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Pohanish, R. P., & Greene, S. A. (2005). Wiley Guide to Chemical Incompatibilities. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
K.m.j, M. P., & Aaron, G. P. (Eds.). (2016). Post-transcriptional Mechanisms in Endocrine Regulation. Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Flores, F. G., & Oñate, E. (2005). Applications of a Rotation-Free Triangular Element for Finite Strain Analysis of Thin Shells and Membranes. In E. Oñate & B. Kröplin (Eds.), Textile Composites and Inflatable Structures (pp. 69–88). Springer Netherlands.

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
Davis, J. (2015, November 3). Growing Up With A Dog Could Lower Risk Of Developing Asthma. 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. (2004). Transportation Security R&D: TSA and DHS Are Researching and Developing Technologies, but Need to Improve R&D Management (GAO-04-890). 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
Eskridge, R. D. (2012). Municipal government: Does institutional structural reform make a difference in local government? [Doctoral dissertation]. Mississippi State 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
Sisario, B. (2017, August 9). Bruce Springsteen: Greetings From Broadway. New York Times, C5.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kirschvink, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Clarke & Kapustin, 2010; Kirschvink, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Clarke & Kapustin, 2010)
  • Three authors: (Sidhu et al., 2002)
  • 6 or more authors: (Cheng et al., 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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