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
Humphries, C. (2011). Genetics: Profiling a shape-shifter. Nature, 480(7377), S50-1.
A journal article with 2 authors
Fairn, G. D., & Grinstein, S. (2012). Cell biology. Precursor or charge supplier? Science (New York, N.Y.), 337(6095), 653–654.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yaguchi, S., Yaguchi, J., & Inaba, K. (2014). bicaudal-C is required for the formation of anterior neurogenic ectoderm in the sea urchin embryo. Scientific Reports, 4, 6852.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Yordanova, M. M., Loughran, G., Zhdanov, A. V., Mariotti, M., Kiniry, S. J., O’Connor, P. B. F., … Baranov, P. V. (2018). AMD1 mRNA employs ribosome stalling as a mechanism for molecular memory formation. Nature, 553(7688), 356–360.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Pelto, M. (2017). Recent Climate Change Impacts on Mountain Glaciers. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Biehl, P. F. (2013). Heritage in the Context of Globalization: Europe and the Americas. (C. Prescott, Ed.) (Vol. 8). New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Butler, M., & Maamria, I. (2013). Practical Theory Extension in Event-B. In Z. Liu, J. Woodcock, & H. Zhu (Eds.), Theories of Programming and Formal Methods: Essays Dedicated to Jifeng He on the Occasion of His 70th Birthday (pp. 67–81). Berlin, Heidelberg: 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
Davis, J. (2016, June 7). Letter Penned By Charles Darwin Returned To The Smithsonian, 30 Years After It Was Stolen. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (2010). Statewide Transportation Planning: Opportunities Exist to Transition to Performance-Based Planning and Federal Oversight (No. GAO-11-77). Washington, DC: 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
Allen, R. T. (2014). Exploring the Lived Experiences of Program Managers Regarding an Automated Logistics Environment (Doctoral dissertation). Northcentral University, Scottsdale, AZ.

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. (2000, January 4). In Siberia, the World Moves In With Lenin’s Legacy. New York Times, p. E2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Humphries, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Fairn & Grinstein, 2012; Humphries, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Fairn & Grinstein, 2012)
  • Three authors: (Yaguchi, Yaguchi, & Inaba, 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Yordanova et al., 2018)

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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