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
Sappol, M. (2003). Perceptions of science. The anatomical mission to Burma. Science (New York, N.Y.), 302(5643), 232–233.
A journal article with 2 authors
Brookes, J. D., & Carey, C. C. (2011). Ecology. Resilience to blooms. Science (New York, N.Y.), 334(6052), 46–47.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bao, J., Lee, H.-J., & Zheng, J. J. (2013). Genome-wide network analysis of Wnt signaling in three pediatric cancers. Scientific Reports, 3, 2969.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Zimmerman, S. C., Wendland, M. S., Rakow, N. A., Zharov, I., & Suslick, K. S. (2002). Synthetic hosts by monomolecular imprinting inside dendrimers. Nature, 418(6896), 399–403.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
De Martini, D. (2013). Success Probability Estimation with Applications to Clinical Trials. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Dubey, S. P. (2015). Color Atlas of Head and Neck Surgery: A Step-by-Step Guide (C. P. Molumi, Ed.). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Andrikovics, S., Forró, L., Gere, G., Lakatos, G., & Sasvári, L. (2006). Water bird guilds and their feeding connections in the Bodrogzug, Hungary. In A. R. Hanson & J. J. Kerekes (Eds.), Limnology and Aquatic Birds: Proceedings of the Fourth Conference Working Group on Aquatic Birds of Societas Internationalis Limnologiae (SIL), Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada, August 3–7, 2003 (pp. 31–42). 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. (2016, November 11). Dinosaurs May Have Evolved Up To 20 Million Years Earlier Than Thought. 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. (1998). FWS: Migratory Bird Hunting--Late Seasons and Bag Possession Limits for Certain Migratory Game Birds (OGC-99-19). 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
Farhad, K. (2015). Development of a web-based educational resource on the most effective micronutrients in the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes [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
Hodgman, J. (2016, September 1). Bonus Advice From Judge John Hodgman. New York Times, MM18.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Sappol, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Brookes & Carey, 2011; Sappol, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Brookes & Carey, 2011)
  • Three authors: (Bao et al., 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Zimmerman et al., 2002)

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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