How to format your references using the Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science. 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
Kargel, J. S. (2004). Planetary science. Proof for water, hints of life? Science (New York, N.Y.), 306(5702), 1689–1691.
A journal article with 2 authors
Panian, J., & Wiltschko, D. (2004). Ramp initiation in a thrust wedge. Nature, 427(6975), 624–627.
A journal article with 3 authors
Nowak, M. A., Komarova, N. L., & Niyogi, P. (2001). Evolution of universal grammar. Science (New York, N.Y.), 291(5501), 114–118.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Barker, P. A., Street-Perrott, F. A., Leng, M. J., Greenwood, P. B., Swain, D. L., Perrott, R. A., et al. (2001). A 14,000-year oxygen isotope record from diatom silica in two alpine lakes on Mt. Kenya. Science (New York, N.Y.), 292(5525), 2307–2310.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Le Bodic, G. (2005). Mobile Messaging Technologies and Services. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Noam, E. M., Pupillo, L. M., & Kranz, J. J. (Eds.). (2013). Broadband Networks, Smart Grids and Climate Change. New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Hughes, D., Evans, M., Morrow, G., & Keith, S. (2016). Creativities, Production Technologies and Song Authorship. In M. Evans, G. Morrow, & S. Keith (Eds.), The New Music Industries: Disruption and Discovery (pp. 63–80). Cham: 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 Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science.

Blog post
Andrew, D. (2016, June 29). Ancient Deep Skull Still Holds Big Surprises 60 Years After It Was Unearthed. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 2018


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. (1995). Federally Funded R&D Centers: Use of Contract Fee by The Aerospace Corporation (No. NSIAD-95-174). 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
Hayes, U. T. (2014). Mental health services for foster youth: A grant proposal (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Barron, J. (2016, October 6). Museum to Give Lady Liberty’s Crowds More to Do Than Snap Selfies. New York Times, p. A22.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kargel 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Kargel 2004; Panian and Wiltschko 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Panian and Wiltschko 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Barker et al. 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleIntegrative Psychological and Behavioral Science
AbbreviationIntegr. Psychol. Behav. Sci.
ISSN (print)1932-4502
ISSN (online)1936-3567
Applied Psychology
Social Psychology
Cultural Studies

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