How to format your references using the Health Psychology Review citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Health Psychology Review. 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
Gravitz, L. (2011). Chemoprevention: First line of defence. Nature, 471(7339), S5-7.
A journal article with 2 authors
Scully, M. O., & Svidzinsky, A. A. (2009). Physics. The super of superradiance. Science (New York, N.Y.), 325(5947), 1510–1511.
A journal article with 3 authors
Nimmerjahn, A., Kirchhoff, F., & Helmchen, F. (2005). Resting microglial cells are highly dynamic surveillants of brain parenchyma in vivo. Science (New York, N.Y.), 308(5726), 1314–1318.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Kovacs, J. J., Whalen, E. J., Liu, R., Xiao, K., Kim, J., Chen, M., Wang, J., Chen, W., & Lefkowitz, R. J. (2008). Beta-arrestin-mediated localization of smoothened to the primary cilium. Science (New York, N.Y.), 320(5884), 1777–1781.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wright, J. R., & Cooper, J. E. (2014). Introduction to Aircraft Aeroelasticity and Loads. John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
An edited book
Vasiliou, V., Zakhari, S., Seitz, H. K., & Hoek, J. B. (Eds.). (2015). Biological Basis of Alcohol-Induced Cancer (Vol. 815). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Newborough, J., & Stepney, S. (2005). A Generic Framework for Population-Based Algorithms, Implemented on Multiple FPGAs. In C. Jacob, M. L. Pilat, P. J. Bentley, & J. I. Timmis (Eds.), Artificial Immune Systems: 4th International Conference, ICARIS 2005, Banff, Alberta, Canada, August 14-17, 2005. Proceedings (pp. 43–55). 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 Review.

Blog post
Carpineti, A. (2016, May 23). India Launches “Mini Space Shuttle.” 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. (1971). Activities of the Research and Development Center - Thailand, Advanced Research Projects Agency (B-167324). 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
Ringler, I. (2008). Values satisfaction and participation in a community leadership program: A case study [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Phoenix.

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
Vecsey, G. (2009, November 4). The Daddy of All Rivals: Martinez Is Back. New York Times, B11.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gravitz, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Gravitz, 2011; Scully & Svidzinsky, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Scully & Svidzinsky, 2009)
  • Three authors: (Nimmerjahn et al., 2005)
  • 6 or more authors: (Kovacs et al., 2008)

About the journal

Full journal titleHealth Psychology Review
AbbreviationHealth Psychol. Rev.
ISSN (print)1743-7199
ISSN (online)1743-7202
ScopePsychiatry and Mental health
Clinical Psychology

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