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
Snieckus, V. (2015). Richard Heck (1931-2015). Nature, 527(7578), 306.
A journal article with 2 authors
Synolakis, C., & Foteinis, S. (2009). Choking on carbon emissions from Greek academic paperwork. Nature, 461(7261), 167.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hwang, C.-S., Shemorry, A., & Varshavsky, A. (2010). N-terminal acetylation of cellular proteins creates specific degradation signals. Science (New York, N.Y.), 327(5968), 973–977.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Bashir, T., Dorrello, N. V., Amador, V., Guardavaccaro, D., & Pagano, M. (2004). Control of the SCF(Skp2-Cks1) ubiquitin ligase by the APC/C(Cdh1) ubiquitin ligase. Nature, 428(6979), 190–193.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hessel, V., Löwe, H., Müller, A., & Kolb, G. (2005). Chemical Micro Process Engineering. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Apolloni, B., Howlett, R. J., & Jain, L. (Eds.). (2007). Knowledge-Based Intelligent Information and Engineering Systems: 11th International Conference, KES 2007, XVII Italian Workshop on Neural Networks, Vietri sul Mare, Italy, September 12-14, 2007. Proceedings, Part II (Vol. 4693). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Van Strydonck, M. (2016). Radiocarbon Dating of Cremated Bones: An Overview. In G. Grupe & G. C. McGlynn (Eds.), Isotopic Landscapes in Bioarchaeology (pp. 69–89). 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
Luntz, S. (2016, August 4). Bees Give Up On Sunflowers That Don’t Face East. 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. (1987). Trademark ADP System: Patent Office Should Analyze Alternatives Before Contract Award (IMTEC-87-44). 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
Davis, M. (2015). Opprobrious Identities: The Enslaving Effect of Black Respectability on Queer Black Men [Doctoral dissertation]. Southern Illinois 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
Ember, S. (2016, August 12). After 11 Years, The Huffington Post Will No Longer Be Run by Huffington. New York Times, B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Snieckus, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Snieckus, 2015; Synolakis & Foteinis, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Synolakis & Foteinis, 2009)
  • Three authors: (Hwang et al., 2010)
  • 6 or more authors: (Bashir et al., 2004)

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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