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
Lucey, P. G. (2009). Planetary science. A lunar waterworld. Science (New York, N.Y.), 326(5952), 531–532.
A journal article with 2 authors
Pielke, R. A., Sr, & Chase, T. N. (2004). Comment on “Contributions of anthropogenic and natural forcing to recent tropopause height changes.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 303(5665), 1771; author reply 1771.
A journal article with 3 authors
Losos, J. B., Hillis, D. M., & Greene, H. W. (2012). Evolution. Who speaks with a forked tongue? Science (New York, N.Y.), 338(6113), 1428–1429.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Cui, H., Cruz-Correa, M., Giardiello, F. M., Hutcheon, D. F., Kafonek, D. R., Brandenburg, S., Wu, Y., He, X., Powe, N. R., & Feinberg, A. P. (2003). Loss of IGF2 imprinting: a potential marker of colorectal cancer risk. Science (New York, N.Y.), 299(5613), 1753–1755.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Golding, P. (2005). Next Generation Wireless Applications. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Mouratidis, H., & Rolland, C. (Eds.). (2011). Advanced Information Systems Engineering: 23rd International Conference, CAiSE 2011, London, UK, June 20-24, 2011. Proceedings (Vol. 6741). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Tambouret, R. H., & Wilbur, D. C. (2015). Cytology of Endocervical Glandular Neoplasia. In D. C. Wilbur (Ed.), Glandular Lesions of the Uterine Cervix: Cytopathology with Histologic Correlates (pp. 41–68). 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
Hale, T. (2017, January 11). Hikers Film A Beautiful Spinning Ice Disk On A Frozen River. 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. (2007). Federal Aviation Administration: Observations on Selected Changes to FAA’s Funding and Budget Structure in the Administration’s Reauthorization Proposal (GAO-07-625T). 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
Bemmel, E. P. (2008). A cost -effectiveness analysis of two community college baccalaureate programs in Florida: An exploratory study [Doctoral dissertation]. Florida Atlantic 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
Shear, M. D. (2017, May 8). Obama Says the Debate On Health Care Isn’t Over. New York Times, A16.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lucey, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Lucey, 2009; Pielke & Chase, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Pielke & Chase, 2004)
  • Three authors: (Losos et al., 2012)
  • 6 or more authors: (Cui et al., 2003)

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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