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
Gächter, S. (2015). Behavioural economics: Visible inequality breeds more inequality. Nature, 526(7573), 333–334.
A journal article with 2 authors
Enriquez, J., & Gullans, S. (2012). Olympics: Genetically enhanced Olympics are coming. Nature, 487(7407), 297.
A journal article with 3 authors
Normark, S., Nilsson, C., & Normark, B. H. (2005). Microbiology. A pathogen attacks while keeping up defense. Science (New York, N.Y.), 307(5713), 1211–1212.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Itatani, J., Levesque, J., Zeidler, D., Niikura, H., Pépin, H., Kieffer, J. C., … Villeneuve, D. M. (2004). Tomographic imaging of molecular orbitals. Nature, 432(7019), 867–871.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Mann, S. (2010). Microsoft® SharePoint® Server 2010 Bible. Indianapolis, IN, USA: Wiley Publishing, Inc.
An edited book
Habisch, A., & Schmidpeter, R. (Eds.). (2016). Cultural Roots of Sustainable Management: Practical Wisdom and Corporate Social Responsibility. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Rosner, M., & Joachimsen, J. (2012). Dwar META-NET. In G. Rehm & H. Uszkoreit (Eds.), The Maltese Language in the Digital Age (pp. 42–42). Berlin, Heidelberg: 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. (2015, January 30). Spinal ‘Mini-Brain’ Assists In Balancing On Ice. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (1992). Space Shuttle: Status of Advanced Solid Rocket Motor Program (No. NSIAD-93-26). 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
Kolaski, G. W. (2010). Cultural awareness and the U.S. military advisor in the Arab Middle East: A phenomenological study (Doctoral dissertation). University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ.

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
Wogan, J. (2017, January 10). In Store; No Red, No Blue. New York Times, p. ST3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gächter, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Enriquez & Gullans, 2012; Gächter, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Enriquez & Gullans, 2012)
  • Three authors: (Normark, Nilsson, & Normark, 2005)
  • 6 or more authors: (Itatani et al., 2004)

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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