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
Grätzel, M. (2001). Photoelectrochemical cells. Nature, 414(6861), 338–344.
A journal article with 2 authors
Maher, B. A., & Dennis, P. F. (2001). Evidence against dust-mediated control of glacial-interglacial changes in atmospheric CO2. Nature, 411(6834), 176–180.
A journal article with 3 authors
Matsuo, N., Reijmers, L., & Mayford, M. (2008). Spine-type-specific recruitment of newly synthesized AMPA receptors with learning. Science (New York, N.Y.), 319(5866), 1104–1107.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Aoi, T., Yae, K., Nakagawa, M., Ichisaka, T., Okita, K., Takahashi, K., Chiba, T., & Yamanaka, S. (2008). Generation of pluripotent stem cells from adult mouse liver and stomach cells. Science (New York, N.Y.), 321(5889), 699–702.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Chowdhury, D., & Stauffer, D. (2005). Principles of Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Estrada, E., Fox, M., Higham, D. J., & Oppo, G.-L. (Eds.). (2010). Network Science: Complexity in Nature and Technology. Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Koegel, L. K., Ashbaugh, K., & Koegel, R. L. (2016). Pivotal Response Treatment. In R. Lang, T. B. Hancock, & N. N. Singh (Eds.), Early Intervention for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (pp. 85–112). 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
Andrew, E. (2015, March 17). Scientists Convert Cancer Cells Into Harmless Immune Cells. 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. (2000). Charter Schools: Limited Access to Facility Financing (HEHS-00-163). 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
Pettengill, J. B. (2010). Elucidating the macro- and micro-evolutionary relationships of the federally listed endangered species Agalinis acuta (Orobanchaceae) [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Maryland, College Park.

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
Walsh, M. W. (2015, September 29). Puerto Rico Officials to Testify on Debt Crisis Before Senate Panel. New York Times, B7.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Grätzel, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Grätzel, 2001; Maher & Dennis, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Maher & Dennis, 2001)
  • Three authors: (Matsuo et al., 2008)
  • 6 or more authors: (Aoi et al., 2008)

About the journal

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

Other styles