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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Environmental 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
van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie, B. (2010). Patent fixes for Europe. Nature, 467(7314), 395.
A journal article with 2 authors
von Messling, V., & Cattaneo, R. (2012). Virology. A henipavirus vaccine in sight. Science (New York, N.Y.), 337(6095), 651–652.
A journal article with 3 authors
Liang, P.-S., Park, T. S., & Yoon, J.-Y. (2014). Rapid and reagentless detection of microbial contamination within meat utilizing a smartphone-based biosensor. Scientific Reports, 4, 5953.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Rossato, J. I., Bevilaqua, L. R. M., Izquierdo, I., Medina, J. H., & Cammarota, M. (2009). Dopamine controls persistence of long-term memory storage. Science (New York, N.Y.), 325(5943), 1017–1020.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Morocco, C. C., Aguilar, C. M., Bershad, C., Kotula, A. W., & Hindin, A. (2008). Supported Literacy for Adolescents. Jossey-Bass.
An edited book
Chau, M., Wang, G. A., Zheng, X., Chen, H., Zeng, D., & Mao, W. (Eds.). (2011). Intelligence and Security Informatics: Pacific Asia Workshop, PAISI 2011, Beijing, China, July 9, 2011. Proceedings (Vol. 6749). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Jin, X., & Chan, S.-H. G. (2010). Unstructured Peer-to-Peer Network Architectures. In X. Shen, H. Yu, J. Buford, & M. Akon (Eds.), Handbook of Peer-to-Peer Networking (pp. 117–142). Springer US.

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 Environmental Psychology.

Blog post
Luntz, S. (2015, March 2). Star Clusters Unexpectedly Spawning New Stars. 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). Delays in Critical Air Traffic Control Modernization Projects Require Increased FAA Attention to Existing Systems (T-IMTEC-91-14). 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
Polk, R. L. (2015). Examining students with disabilities in a linked learning pathway [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
Gregory Mankiw, N. (2017, March 10). Advice for Trump: Ask an Economist. New York Times, BU3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie, 2010; von Messling & Cattaneo, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (von Messling & Cattaneo, 2012)
  • Three authors: (Liang et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Rossato et al., 2009)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Environmental Psychology
AbbreviationJ. Environ. Psychol.
ISSN (print)0272-4944
ScopeApplied Psychology
Social Psychology

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