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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal of Stress Management. 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
Phillips, P. (2000). Organic materials. From insulator to superconductor. Nature, 406(6797), 687–688.
A journal article with 2 authors
Geissler, P. W., & Okwaro, F. (2014). Developing world: Discuss inequality. Nature, 513(7518), 303.
A journal article with 3 authors
Weidinger, M., Møller, P., & Fynbo, J. P. U. (2004). The Lyman-alpha glow of gas falling into the dark matter halo of a z = 3 galaxy. Nature, 430(7003), 999–1001.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Goldenberg, S. B., Landsea, C. W., Mestas-Nunez, A. M., & Gray, W. M. (2001). The recent increase in Atlantic hurricane activity: causes and implications. Science (New York, N.Y.), 293(5529), 474–479.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Tms. (2011). Engineering Solutions for Sustainability. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Guntenspergen, G. R. (Ed.). (2014). Application of Threshold Concepts in Natural Resource Decision Making. Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Hoggard, B. (2016). Witch Bottles: Their Contents, Contexts and Uses. In R. Hutton (Ed.), Physical Evidence for Ritual Acts, Sorcery and Witchcraft in Christian Britain: A Feeling for Magic (pp. 91–105). Palgrave Macmillan UK.

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 Stress Management.

Blog post
Luntz, S. (2014, November 23). Galloping Crocodiles Ate Dinosaurs In North Africa. 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. (1991). Stock Market Automation: Exchanges Have Increased Systems’ Capacities Since the 1987 Market Crash (IMTEC-91-37). 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
Rehman, J. L. (2012). Rape as religious terrorism and genocide the 1971 war between East and West Pakistan [Doctoral dissertation]. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Billard, M. (2010, May 20). Scouting Report. New York Times, E5.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Phillips, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Geissler & Okwaro, 2014; Phillips, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Geissler & Okwaro, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Weidinger et al., 2004)
  • 6 or more authors: (Goldenberg et al., 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleInternational Journal of Stress Management
AbbreviationInt. J. Stress Manag.
ISSN (print)1072-5245
ISSN (online)1573-3424
ScopeGeneral Business, Management and Accounting
General Medicine
General Psychology
Applied Psychology

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