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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Consumer 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.
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
Hertz, N. (2009). Recession Watch: Cooperation must rule. Nature, 457(7232), 962–963.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hinton, G. E., & Salakhutdinov, R. R. (2006). Reducing the dimensionality of data with neural networks. Science (New York, N.Y.), 313(5786), 504–507.
A journal article with 3 authors
Pfingsten, J. S., Costantino, D. A., & Kieft, J. S. (2006). Structural basis for ribosome recruitment and manipulation by a viral IRES RNA. Science (New York, N.Y.), 314(5804), 1450–1454.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Zhang, A.-M., Xia, T.-L., Liu, K., Tong, W., Yang, Z.-R., & Zhang, Q.-M. (2013). Superconductivity at 44 K in K intercalated FeSe system with excess Fe. Scientific Reports, 3, 1216.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lieser, K. H. (2007). Nuclear and Radiochemistry: Fundamentals and Applications. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH.
An edited book
Pape, H.-C., Sanders, R., & Borrelli, J., Jr. (Eds.). (2016). The Poly-Traumatized Patient with Fractures: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach (2nd ed. 2016). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Beitsch, P. D. (2016). Surgical Considerations in Partial-Breast Irradiation. In D. W. Arthur, F. A. Vicini, D. E. Wazer, & A. J. Khan (Eds.), Short Course Breast Radiotherapy: A Comprehensive Review of Hypofractionation, Partial Breast, and Intra-Operative Irradiation (pp. 77–95). 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 Journal of Consumer Psychology.

Blog post
Carpineti, A. (2016, September 19). Do You Know Which Organ This Is? 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. (1998). Land Management Systems: Actions Needed in Completing the Automated Land and Mineral Record System Development (AIMD-98-107). 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
Small, C. R. (2013). An investigation on the effect(s) of different modes of intervention for weight management on HDL-cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol production among United States veterans [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
Saslow, L. (2009, April 12). Sorting Out their Goals, and Options. New York Times, WE7.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hertz, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Hertz, 2009; Hinton & Salakhutdinov, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Hinton & Salakhutdinov, 2006)
  • Three authors: (Pfingsten et al., 2006)
  • 6 or more authors: (Zhang et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Consumer Psychology
AbbreviationJ. Consum. Psychol.
ISSN (print)1057-7408
Applied Psychology

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