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
Macilwain, C. (2015). And the winner is: not science. Nature, 518(7538), 139.
A journal article with 2 authors
Zheng, J., & Jia, Z. (2010). Structure of the bifunctional isocitrate dehydrogenase kinase/phosphatase. Nature, 465(7300), 961–965.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lamb, D., Erskine, P. D., & Parrotta, J. A. (2005). Restoration of degraded tropical forest landscapes. Science (New York, N.Y.), 310(5754), 1628–1632.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Wesolowski, A., Stresman, G., Eagle, N., Stevenson, J., Owaga, C., Marube, E., Bousema, T., Drakeley, C., Cox, J., & Buckee, C. O. (2014). Quantifying travel behavior for infectious disease research: a comparison of data from surveys and mobile phones. Scientific Reports, 4, 5678.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kirsh, S. J. (2009). Media and Youth. Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Mandal, J. K., Satapathy, S. C., Kumar Sanyal, M., Sarkar, P. P., & Mukhopadhyay, A. (Eds.). (2015). Information Systems Design and Intelligent Applications: Proceedings of Second International Conference INDIA 2015, Volume 1 (Vol. 339). Springer India.
A chapter in an edited book
Pistrosch, F., & Hanefeld, M. (2013). The Metabolic Syndrome and Cancer. In H. Beck-Nielsen (Ed.), The Metabolic Syndrome: Pharmacology and Clinical Aspects (pp. 55–61). 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
Andrew, E. (2015, June 19). Pope Francis Throws Down The Gauntlet For Paris Climate Summit. 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. (1994). Air Traffic Control: Observations on Proposed Corporation (T-RCED-94-210). 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
Maddox, A. L. (2017). Secondary Structure Analysis of the C-Terminus of Gα-Interacting Vesicle Associated Protein Using Circular Dichroism Spectroscopy [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
Kenigsberg, B. (2017, October 12). For Ahkeem. New York Times, C9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Macilwain, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Macilwain, 2015; Zheng & Jia, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Zheng & Jia, 2010)
  • Three authors: (Lamb et al., 2005)
  • 6 or more authors: (Wesolowski et al., 2014)

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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