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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Economic 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
Rusbridger, A. (2015). Scientists must speak up on fossil-fuel divestment. Nature, 520(7547), 265.
A journal article with 2 authors
Miller, V., & Savage, M. (2001). Changes in seismic anisotropy after volcanic eruptions: evidence from Mount Ruapehu. Science (New York, N.Y.), 293(5538), 2231–2233.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wang, Y. A., Feng, A.-C., & Ganz, P. A. (2014). Health services utilisation in breast cancer survivors in Taiwan. Scientific Reports, 4, 7466.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Sun, J., Ni, X., Bi, S., Wu, W., Ye, J., Meng, J., & Windley, B. F. (2014). Synchronous turnover of flora, fauna, and climate at the Eocene-Oligocene Boundary in Asia. Scientific Reports, 4, 7463.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Shore, S. N. (2005). The Tapestry of Modern Astrophysics. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Christiansen, H., Tré, G. D., Yazici, A., Zadrozny, S., Andreasen, T., & Larsen, H. L. (Eds.). (2011). Flexible Query Answering Systems: 9th International Conference, FQAS 2011, Ghent, Belgium, October 26-28, 2011 Proceedings (Vol. 7022). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Fikentscher, W., Hacker, P., & Podszun, R. (2013). Conclusion: the Concept of FairEconomy. In P. Hacker & R. Podszun (Eds.), FairEconomy: Crises, Culture, Competition and the Role of Law (pp. 149–150). 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 Economic Psychology.

Blog post
Hale, T. (2016, July 28). How The Vikings Used Sunstones To Find New Unknown Lands. 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. (1997). Student Financial Aid Systems: Absence of Guiding Architecture Reduces Efficiency, Ease of Use (T-AIMD-97-147). 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
Qin, R. (2008). Mid -ocean ridge morphology and tectonics: Insights from numerical modeling of faults and dikes [Doctoral dissertation]. Columbia 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
Walsh, M. W. (2015, May 2). A.I.G.’s Chief Says Insurer Is Reducing Its Risks. New York Times, B3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Rusbridger, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Miller & Savage, 2001; Rusbridger, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Miller & Savage, 2001)
  • Three authors: (Wang et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Sun et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Economic Psychology
AbbreviationJ. Econ. Psychol.
ISSN (print)0167-4870
ScopeEconomics and Econometrics
Applied Psychology
Sociology and Political Science

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