How to format your references using the International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation. 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
Castro Neto, A. H. (2011). Physics. Another spin on graphene. Science (New York, N.Y.), 332(6027), 315–316.
A journal article with 2 authors
Gershenwald, J. E., & Fidler, I. J. (2002). Cancer. Targeting lymphatic metastasis. Science (New York, N.Y.), 296(5574), 1811–1812.
A journal article with 3 authors
Heiling, A. M., Herberstein, M. E., & Chittka, L. (2003). Pollinator attraction: Crab-spiders manipulate flower signals. Nature, 421(6921), 334.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Chowdhury, S. M., Kanakia, S., Toussaint, J. D., Frame, M. D., Dewar, A. M., Shroyer, K. R., Moore, W., & Sitharaman, B. (2013). In vitro hematological and in vivo vasoactivity assessment of dextran functionalized graphene. Scientific Reports, 3, 2584.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Habart-Corlosquet, M., Janssen, J., & Manca, R. (2013). VaR Methodology for Non-Gaussian Finance. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Alapati, S. R. (2011). Oracle Database 11g Performance Tuning Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach (D. Kuhn & B. Padfield, Eds.). Apress.
A chapter in an edited book
Xue, C., & Li, Q. (2014). Liquid Crystal-Gold Nanoparticle Hybrid Materials. In Q. Li (Ed.), Nanoscience with Liquid Crystals: From Self-Organized Nanostructures to Applications (pp. 101–134). Springer International Publishing.

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 Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation.

Blog post
Davis, J. (2017, May 23). Australian Government Plans Attempt To Reinstate Great White Shark Culls. 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. (2008). Transportation Security: TSA Has Developed a Risk-Based Covert Testing Program, but Could Better Mitigate Aviation Security Vulnerabilities Identified Through Covert Tests (GAO-08-958). 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
Olson, L. L. (2012). Of Hell and High Water: Longitudinal Case Studies of the Internal and External Recovery Efforts of Non-Governmental Organizations after Hurricane Katrina [Doctoral dissertation]. George Washington 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
Hartocollis, A. (2014, April 25). NYU Langone Restarts Emergency Room Damaged by Hurricane Sandy. New York Times, A20.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Castro Neto, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Castro Neto, 2011; Gershenwald & Fidler, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Gershenwald & Fidler, 2002)
  • Three authors: (Heiling et al., 2003)
  • 6 or more authors: (Chowdhury et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleInternational Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation
AbbreviationInt. Perspect. Psychol.
ISSN (print)2157-3883
ISSN (online)2157-3891

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