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
Wittrock, U. (2010). Laryngeally echolocating bats. Nature, 466(7309), E6; discussion E7.
A journal article with 2 authors
Long, L., & Ye, H. (2014). How to be smart and energy efficient: a general discussion on thermochromic windows. Scientific Reports, 4, 6427.
A journal article with 3 authors
Chen, S., Zhang, Y. E., & Long, M. (2010). New genes in Drosophila quickly become essential. Science (New York, N.Y.), 330(6011), 1682–1685.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Malcolmson, S. J., Meek, S. J., Sattely, E. S., Schrock, R. R., & Hoveyda, A. H. (2008). Highly efficient molybdenum-based catalysts for enantioselective alkene metathesis. Nature, 456(7224), 933–937.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Neward, T., Erickson, A. C., Crowell, T., & Minerich, R. (2010). Professional F# 2.0. Wiley Publishing, Inc.
An edited book
Motta, G., Rizzo, F., & Storer, J. A. (Eds.). (2006). Hyperspectral Data Compression. Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Boland, G. M., & Gershenwald, J. E. (2016). Principles of Melanoma Staging. In H. L. Kaufman & J. M. Mehnert (Eds.), Melanoma (pp. 131–148). 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
Andrew, E. (2014, May 20). These Virtual Reality Headsets Make Farmed Chickens Believe They Roam Free. 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. (1994). Space Station: Impact of the Expanded Russian Role on Funding and Research (NSIAD-94-220). 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
McDougal, S. (2013). Military Town: Part One [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
Kishkovsky, S. (2003, November 25). Moscow Talking of Arson As Fire Toll Climbs to 36. New York Times, A13.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wittrock, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Long & Ye, 2014; Wittrock, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Long & Ye, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Chen et al., 2010)
  • 6 or more authors: (Malcolmson et al., 2008)

About the journal

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

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