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
Carmeliet, P. (2001). Biomedicine. Clotting factors build blood vessels. Science (New York, N.Y.), 293(5535), 1602–1604.
A journal article with 2 authors
Davis, M. B., & Shaw, R. G. (2001). Range shifts and adaptive responses to Quaternary climate change. Science (New York, N.Y.), 292(5517), 673–679.
A journal article with 3 authors
Aitkaliyeva, A., Chen, D., & Shao, L. (2013). Phonon transport assisted by inter-tube carbon displacements in carbon nanotube mats. Scientific Reports, 3, 2774.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Hu, K., Harper, D. G., Shea, S. A., Stopa, E. G., & Scheer, F. A. J. L. (2013). Noninvasive fractal biomarker of clock neurotransmitter disturbance in humans with dementia. Scientific Reports, 3, 2229.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
McMaster, M. C. (2010). Buying and Selling Laboratory Instruments. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Lang, J., Lin, F., & Wang, J. (Eds.). (2006). Knowledge Science, Engineering and Management: First International Conference, KSEM 2006, Guilin, China, August 5-8, 2006. Proceedings (Vol. 4092). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Pradhan, B., & Pinninti, N. R. (2016). Yoga and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Psychosis (Y-MBCT p ©): A Pilot Study on Its Efficacy as Brief Therapy. In B. Pradhan, N. Pinninti, & S. Rathod (Eds.), Brief Interventions for Psychosis: A Clinical Compendium (pp. 55–87). Springer International Publishing.

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
O`Callaghan, J. (2017, May 8). NASA Just Released Some Absolutely Spectacular New Photos Of Jupiter. 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. (1999). Federal Research: Information on the Advanced Technology Program’s Award Selection (RCED-99-258R). 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
Scheepers, E. M. (2014). Psychotherapists’ use of outcome measures in psychotherapy practice: Differences related to academic background [Doctoral dissertation]. Capella 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
Novick, S. M. (2014, December 20). From Sound’s Floor to Holiday Table. New York Times, LI10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Carmeliet, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Carmeliet, 2001; Davis & Shaw, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Davis & Shaw, 2001)
  • Three authors: (Aitkaliyeva et al., 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Hu et al., 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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