How to format your references using the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal of Law and Psychiatry. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Blobel, G. (2008). Obituary: George Emil Palade (1912-2008). Nature, 456(7218), 52.
A journal article with 2 authors
Han, S., & Brunet, A. (2015). Cell biology. Lysosomal lipid lengthens life span. Science (New York, N.Y.), 347(6217), 32–33.
A journal article with 3 authors
Pellizzoni, L., Yong, J., & Dreyfuss, G. (2002). Essential role for the SMN complex in the specificity of snRNP assembly. Science (New York, N.Y.), 298(5599), 1775–1779.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Vermeer, P. D., Einwalter, L. A., Moninger, T. O., Rokhlina, T., Kern, J. A., Zabner, J., & Welsh, M. J. (2003). Segregation of receptor and ligand regulates activation of epithelial growth factor receptor. Nature, 422(6929), 322–326.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Larkin, R. F., & DiTommaso, M. (2015). Wiley Not-for-Profit GAAP 2015. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Jain, L. C., Palade, V., & Srinivasan, D. (Eds.). (2007). Advances in Evolutionary Computing for System Design (Vol. 66). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Berg, T., & Hempel, H. (2008). Inverse Problems Have Inverse Complexity. In G. Ausiello, J. Karhumäki, G. Mauri, & L. Ong (Eds.), Fifth Ifip International Conference On Theoretical Computer Science – Tcs 2008 (pp. 73–86). Springer US.

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 International Journal of Law and Psychiatry.

Blog post
Hamilton, K. (2016, June 30). Does Drink Really Make You Happy? 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. (1996). Education and Employment Issue Area Plan--Fiscal Years 1996-98 (IAP-96-19). 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
Bradford, J. (2012). Commutative endomorphism rings of simple abelian varieties over finite fields [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
Greenhouse, L. (2005, November 8). Two Convicts From Abroad Win Hearing By Justices. New York Times, A23.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Blobel, 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Blobel, 2008; Han & Brunet, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Han & Brunet, 2015)
  • Three authors: (Pellizzoni et al., 2002)
  • 6 or more authors: (Vermeer et al., 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleInternational Journal of Law and Psychiatry
AbbreviationInt. J. Law Psychiatry
ISSN (print)0160-2527
ScopePathology and Forensic Medicine
Psychiatry and Mental health

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