How to format your references using the History of Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for History of 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Linden, D. J. (2003). Neuroscience. From molecules to memory in the cerebellum. Science (New York, N.Y.), 301(5640), 1682–1685.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sneden, C., & Cowan, J. J. (2003). Genesis of the heaviest elements in the Milky Way Galaxy. Science (New York, N.Y.), 299(5603), 70–75.
A journal article with 3 authors
Samokhvalov, I. M., Samokhvalova, N. I., & Nishikawa, S.-I. (2007). Cell tracing shows the contribution of the yolk sac to adult haematopoiesis. Nature, 446(7139), 1056–1061.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Canzoneri, E., Marzolla, M., Amoresano, A., Verni, G., & Serino, A. (2013). Amputation and prosthesis implantation shape body and peripersonal space representations. Scientific Reports, 3, 2844.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Equipment Testing Procedures Committee. (2005). Continuous Direct-Heat Rotary Dryers. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Squazzoni, F. (Ed.). (2009). Epistemological Aspects of Computer Simulation in the Social Sciences: Second International Workshop, EPOS 2006, Brescia, Italy, October 5-6, 2006, Revised Selected and Invited Papers (Vol. 5466). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Basharu, M., Arana, I., & Ahriz, H. (2008). Escaping Local Optima: Constraint Weights vs. Value Penalties. In M. Bramer, F. Coenen, & M. Petridis (Eds.), Research and Development in Intelligent Systems XXIV: Proceedings of AI-2007, the Twenty-seventh SGAI International Conference on Innovative Techniques and Applications of Artificial Intelligence (pp. 51–64). London: 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 History of Psychology.

Blog post
Luntz, S. (2015, April 30). Citizen Scientists Find Five New Supernovae. 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. (2000). Title I Preschool Education: More Children Served, but Gauging Effect on School Readiness Difficult (No. HEHS-00-171). 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
Stevens, W. (2010). Using emotional intelligence as a leadership strategy to make good leaders great (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
Hollander, S. (2002, October 15). For Pfluger, a Career of Achievement. New York Times, p. D4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Linden, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Linden, 2003; Sneden & Cowan, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Sneden & Cowan, 2003)
  • Three authors: (Samokhvalov, Samokhvalova, & Nishikawa, 2007)
  • 6 or more authors: (Canzoneri, Marzolla, Amoresano, Verni, & Serino, 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleHistory of Psychology
AbbreviationHist. Psychol.
ISSN (print)1093-4510
ISSN (online)1939-0610
General Psychology

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