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
Bohannon, J. (2008). The Gonzo Scientist. Play it again, robot. Science (New York, N.Y.), 319(5870), 1613.
A journal article with 2 authors
Karplus, P. A., & Diederichs, K. (2012). Linking crystallographic model and data quality. Science (New York, N.Y.), 336(6084), 1030–1033.
A journal article with 3 authors
Depue, B. E., Curran, T., & Banich, M. T. (2007). Prefrontal regions orchestrate suppression of emotional memories via a two-phase process. Science (New York, N.Y.), 317(5835), 215–219.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Dehaene, S., Izard, V., Spelke, E., & Pica, P. (2008). Log or linear? Distinct intuitions of the number scale in Western and Amazonian indigene cultures. Science (New York, N.Y.), 320(5880), 1217–1220.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Shynk, J. J. (2016). Mathematical Foundations for Linear Circuits and Systems in Engineering. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Bazzan, A. L. C., & Pichara, K. (Eds.). (2014). Advances in Artificial Intelligence -- IBERAMIA 2014: 14th Ibero-American Conference on AI, Santiago de Chile, Chile, November 24-27, 2014, Proceedings (Vol. 8864). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Stillman, M. J., Kriegler, J. S., Covington, E. C., & Krause, S. J. (2014). Diagnosis of Addiction, Substance Use, and Headache. In S. J. Tepper & D. E. Tepper (Eds.), The Cleveland Clinic Manual of Headache Therapy: Second Edition (pp. 63–76). 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, December 30). Scientist Accepts Nobel Prize Wearing Dress Depicting Her Discovery. 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). Test and Evaluation: Description of Projects in DOD’s Central Test and Evaluation Investment Program (NSIAD-91-111S). 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
Washburn, S. J. (2006). The Epiphytic Macrolichens of the Greater Cincinnati, Ohio, Metropolitan Area [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Cincinnati.

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
Barron, J. (2017, April 13). Trinity Church Is Sued For Moving a Sculpture. New York Times, C3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bohannon, 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Bohannon, 2008; Karplus & Diederichs, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Karplus & Diederichs, 2012)
  • Three authors: (Depue et al., 2007)
  • 6 or more authors: (Dehaene 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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