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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal of Psychophysiology. 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
Buratowski, S., 2012. Gene expression: transcription initiation unwrapped. Nature 483, 286–287.
A journal article with 2 authors
Losos, J.B., Ricklefs, R.E., 2009. Adaptation and diversification on islands. Nature 457, 830–836.
A journal article with 3 authors
Tanabe, K., Sakihama, N., Kaneko, A., 2004. Stable SNPs in malaria antigen genes in isolated populations. Science 303, 493.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Namy, O., Moran, S.J., Stuart, D.I., Gilbert, R.J.C., Brierley, I., 2006. A mechanical explanation of RNA pseudoknot function in programmed ribosomal frameshifting. Nature 441, 244–247.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Barnes, T., 2013. Constantine. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Oxford.
An edited book
Calcagnini, G., Saltari, E. (Eds.), 2009. The Economics of Imperfect Markets: The Effects of Market Imperfections on Economic Decision-Making, Contributions to Economics. Physica-Verlag HD, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Düffert, U., Hoffmann, J., 2006. Reliable and Precise Gait Modeling for a Quadruped Robot, in: Bredenfeld, A., Jacoff, A., Noda, I., Takahashi, Y. (Eds.), RoboCup 2005: Robot Soccer World Cup IX, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 49–58.

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 Psychophysiology.

Blog post
Carpineti, A., 2016. Forecasting The Weather Of Distant Hot Jupiters [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 2003. Information Technology: Architecture Needed to Guide NASA’s Financial Management Modernization (No. GAO-04-43). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Bleviss, C., 2009. Constructing competence: Normalization and self-determination for people with developmental disabilities (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
Vecsey, G., 2010. By Honoring Their Past, the Giants Were Duly Rewarded. New York Times B15.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Faigman, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Flicek, 2010; Ladegaard Skov, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Losos and Ricklefs, 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Schwender et al., 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleInternational Journal of Psychophysiology
AbbreviationInt. J. Psychophysiol.
ISSN (print)0167-8760
ScopePhysiology (medical)
General Neuroscience
Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology

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