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
Hartnoll, S. (2008). Physics. Stringing together a solid state. Science (New York, N.Y.), 322(5908), 1639–1640.
A journal article with 2 authors
Apostolou, E., & Hochedlinger, K. (2013). Chromatin dynamics during cellular reprogramming. Nature, 502(7472), 462–471.
A journal article with 3 authors
Doeller, C. F., Barry, C., & Burgess, N. (2010). Evidence for grid cells in a human memory network. Nature, 463(7281), 657–661.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Leibfried, D., Barrett, M. D., Schaetz, T., Britton, J., Chiaverini, J., Itano, W. M., et al. (2004). Toward Heisenberg-limited spectroscopy with multiparticle entangled states. Science (New York, N.Y.), 304(5676), 1476–1478.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kothari, V. (2008). Credit Derivatives and Structured Credit Trading. 2 Clementi Loop, #02-01, Singapore 129809: John Wiley & Sons (Asia) Pte. Ltd.
An edited book
Christmann, A. (2008). Support Vector Machines. (I. Steinwart, Ed.). New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Alam, T., Lee, P. S., & Jin, L.-W. (2014). Comparison of Flow Boiling Characteristics Between Microgap and Microchannel. In P. S. Lee & L. Jin (Eds.), Flow Boiling in Microgap Channels: Experiment, Visualization and Analysis (pp. 21–28). New York, NY: 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
Andrew, E. (2015, October 5). Time Might Be Running Backwards Inside Black Holes. 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. (1987). Research Evidence Concerning Bilingual Education (No. T-PEMD-87-3). 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
Carter, C. A. (2008). The Panhellenic Project: Assessing learning engagement using Web 2.0 technologies (Doctoral dissertation). Pepperdine University, Malibu, 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
French, A. (2014, February 28). The Last, Disposable Action Hero. New York Times, p. MM32.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hartnoll 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Apostolou and Hochedlinger 2013; Hartnoll 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Apostolou and Hochedlinger 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Leibfried et al. 2004)

About the journal

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