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
Zheludev, N. I. (2015). Applied physics. Obtaining optical properties on demand. Science (New York, N.Y.), 348(6238), 973–974.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ginther, D. K., & Kahn, S. (2015). WOMEN IN SCIENCE. Comment on “Expectations of brilliance underlie gender distributions across academic disciplines.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 349(6246), 391.
A journal article with 3 authors
Beskow, L. M., Dame, L., & Costello, E. J. (2008). Research ethics. Certificates of confidentiality and compelled disclosure of data. Science (New York, N.Y.), 322(5904), 1054–1055.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Doyle, M. R., Davis, S. J., Bastow, R. M., McWatters, H. G., Kozma-Bognár, L., Nagy, F., … Amasino, R. M. (2002). The ELF4 gene controls circadian rhythms and flowering time in Arabidopsis thaliana. Nature, 419(6902), 74–77.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Dorronsoro, B., Ruiz, P., Danoy, G., Pigné, Y., & Bouvry, P. (2014). Evolutionary Algorithms for Mobile Ad Hoc Networks. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Nikkhah, G., & Pinsker, M. (Eds.). (2013). Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (Vol. 117). Vienna: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Baghdasaryan, G., & Mikilyan, M. (2016). Natural Vibrations of Conducting Shells in a Stationary Magnetic Field. In M. Mikilyan (Ed.), Effects of Magnetoelastic Interactions in Conductive Plates and Shells (pp. 109–130). Cham: 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 Environmental Psychology.

Blog post
Evans, K. (2016, September 7). Majority Of Humpback Whales Taken Off Endangered Species List. 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. (2009). Commercial Space Transportation: Development of the Commercial Space Launch Industry Presents Safety Oversight Challenges for FAA and Raises Issues Affecting Federal Roles (No. GAO-10-286T). 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
Duan, C. (2004). Dynamic Analysis of Dry Friction Path in a Torsional System (Doctoral dissertation). Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

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
Brantley, B. (2017, February 24). A Living Painting to Make You See. New York Times, p. C1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (de Knijff, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Earnshaw, 2005; Stein, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Ginther & Kahn, 2015)
  • Three authors: (Beskow, Dame, & Costello, 2008)
  • 6 or more authors: (Noda et al., 2006)

About the journal

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

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