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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Cognitive 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
Osborne, I. S. (2001). The attraction of magnetism. Science (New York, N.Y.), 294(5546), 1483.
A journal article with 2 authors
Vanag, V. K., & Epstein, I. R. (2001). Inwardly rotating spiral waves in a reaction-diffusion system. Science (New York, N.Y.), 294(5543), 835–837.
A journal article with 3 authors
Froese, T., Iizuka, H., & Ikegami, T. (2014). Embodied social interaction constitutes social cognition in pairs of humans: a minimalist virtual reality experiment. Scientific Reports, 4, 3672.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Shao, W., Dong, H., Wang, Z., & Hu, W. (2014). Touching polymer chains by organic field-effect transistors. Scientific Reports, 4, 6387.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Zhang, L., Peng, M., Chang, D., & Xu, Y. (2016). Dam Failure Mechanisms and Risk Assessment. John Wiley & Sons Singapore Pte. Ltd.
An edited book
Beer, M., Brom, C., Dignum, F., & Soo, V.-W. (Eds.). (2012). Agents for Educational Games and Simulations: International Workshop, AEGS 2011, Taipei, Taiwan, May 2, 2011. Revised Papers (Vol. 7471). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Buckley, P. F., & Foster, A. (2014). Schizophrenia. In E. Lammert & M. Zeeb (Eds.), Metabolism of Human Diseases: Organ Physiology and Pathophysiology (pp. 17–22). Springer.

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 Journal of Cognitive Psychology.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, March 13). Upgraded LHC Pushes Physics Into The Unknown. 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). Strategic Bombers: Updated Status of the B-1B Recovery Program (NSIAD-91-189). 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
Ravilla, S. (2013). Correlation between diabetes and periodontitis [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
GEORGE GENE GUSTINES; Compiled by DAVE ITZKOFF. (2010, February 18). A Cartoon Depiction of Real Iranian Life. New York Times, C2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Osborne, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Osborne, 2001; Vanag & Epstein, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Vanag & Epstein, 2001)
  • Three authors: (Froese et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Shao et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Cognitive Psychology
AbbreviationJ. Cogn. Psychol. (Hove)
ISSN (print)2044-5911
ISSN (online)2044-592X
ScopeArts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
Experimental and Cognitive Psychology

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