How to format your references using the International Journal of Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal 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
Mawer, S. (2005). Science in literature. Nature, 434(7031), 297–299.
A journal article with 2 authors
Dawkins, M. S., & Woodington, A. (2000). Pattern recognition and active vision in chickens. Nature, 403(6770), 652–655.
A journal article with 3 authors
Jones, G. H., Balogh, A., & Horbury, T. S. (2000). Identification of comet Hyakutake’s extremely long ion tail from magnetic field signatures. Nature, 404(6778), 574–576.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Takano, J., Noguchi, K., Yasumori, M., Kobayashi, M., Gajdos, Z., Miwa, K., Hayashi, H., Yoneyama, T., & Fujiwara, T. (2002). Arabidopsis boron transporter for xylem loading. Nature, 420(6913), 337–340.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Islam, M. R., Hossain, M. E., Moussavizadegan, S. H., Mustafiz, S., & Abou&xKassem, J. H. (2016). Advanced Petroleum Reservoir Simulation. John Wiley &;#38; Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Witkowski, G. R., & Bauerkämper, A. (Eds.). (2016). German Philanthropy in Transatlantic Perspective: Perceptions, Exchanges and Transfers since the Early Twentieth Century. Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Chtcherbakov, A., Bloxam, R., Yap, D., Fraser, D., Reid, N., & Wong, S. (2006). Models-3/CMAQ Simulations to Estimate Transboundary Influences on Ozone and Particulate Matter Concentrations Over Ontario in Spring – Summer 1998. In C. Borrego & A.-L. Norman (Eds.), Air Pollution Modeling and Its Application XVII (pp. 41–47). 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 Psychology.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, May 26). Researchers Produce The First Synthetic Gasoline From Plants. 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. (1999). Technology Transfer: Number and Characteristics of Inventions Licensed by Six Federal Agencies (RCED-99-173). 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
Mustico, J. P. (2010). Perception and preference comparison of managers’ behaviors on sales and non -sales employees: A case study [Doctoral dissertation]. Capella University.

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. (2010, December 26). That General-Store Feeling. New York Times, NJ14.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Mawer, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Dawkins & Woodington, 2000; Mawer, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Dawkins & Woodington, 2000)
  • Three authors: (Jones et al., 2000)
  • 6 or more authors: (Takano et al., 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleInternational Journal of Psychology
AbbreviationInt. J. Psychol.
ISSN (print)0020-7594
ISSN (online)1464-066X
ScopeArts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
General Medicine
General Psychology

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