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
Clarke, J. (2013). Paleontology. Feathers before flight. Science (New York, N.Y.), 340(6133), 690–692.
A journal article with 2 authors
Broecker, W. S., & Hemming, S. (2001). Paleoclimate. Climate swings come into focus. Science (New York, N.Y.), 294(5550), 2308–2309.
A journal article with 3 authors
Cramer, P., Bushnell, D. A., & Kornberg, R. D. (2001). Structural basis of transcription: RNA polymerase II at 2.8 angstrom resolution. Science (New York, N.Y.), 292(5523), 1863–1876.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Kim, M. C., Panstruga, R., Elliott, C., Müller, J., Devoto, A., Yoon, H. W., et al. (2002). Calmodulin interacts with MLO protein to regulate defence against mildew in barley. Nature, 416(6879), 447–451.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Woolf, G. (2011). Tales of the Barbarians. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Carver, M., Gaydarska, B., & Montón-Subías, S. (Eds.). (2015). Field Archaeology from Around the World: Ideas and Approaches. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Karni, R., & Kaner, M. (2007). An engineering tool for the conceptual design of service systems. In D. Spath & K.-P. Fähnrich (Eds.), Advances in Services Innovations (pp. 65–83). Berlin, Heidelberg: 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 Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2014, September 4). Half of All Exoplanets Have Two Suns. 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. (2006). National Airspace System Modernization: Observations on Potential Funding Options for FAA and the Next Generation Airspace System (No. GAO-06-1114T). 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
Hilton, L. C. (2015). Case study on organic farming as a sustainable solution for African-American farmers (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
Feeney, K. (2009, November 15). A World of Ways To Get That Grilled Taste. New York Times, p. NJ11.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Clarke 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Broecker and Hemming 2001; Clarke 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Broecker and Hemming 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Kim et al. 2002)

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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