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
Chapron, G. (2014). Challenge the abuse of science in setting policy. Nature, 516(7531), 289.
A journal article with 2 authors
Diaz, R. E., & Sebastian, T. (2013). Electromagnetic limits to radiofrequency (RF) neuronal telemetry. Scientific Reports, 3, 3535.
A journal article with 3 authors
Uraguchi, D., Ueki, Y., & Ooi, T. (2009). Chiral organic ion pair catalysts assembled through a hydrogen-bonding network. Science (New York, N.Y.), 326(5949), 120–123.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Wilkins, R. W., Hodges, D. A., Laurienti, P. J., Steen, M., & Burdette, J. H. (2014). Network science and the effects of music preference on functional brain connectivity: from Beethoven to Eminem. Scientific Reports, 4, 6130.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Akcoglu, M. A., Bartha, P. F. A., & Ha, D. M. (2009). Analysis in Vector Spaces. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Marciniak, A., & Yalman, N. (Eds.). (2013). Contesting Ethnoarchaeologies: Traditions, Theories, Prospects (Vol. 7). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Stobbelaar, D. J., & Hendriks, K. (2007). Seasonality of Agricultural Landscapes: Reading Time and Place by Colours and Shapes. In H. Palang, H. Sooväli, & A. Printsmann (Eds.), Seasonal Landscapes (pp. 103–126). Springer Netherlands.

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, October 12). World’s First Solar And Seawater-Powered Farm Opens In Australia. 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. (2007). Intermodal Transportation: DOT Could Take Further Actions to Address Intermodal Barriers (GAO-07-718). 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
Zhong, A. (2017). Product Development Considerations for a Nutrient Rich Bar Using Cricket (Acheta domesticus) Protein [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
Brantley, B. (2017, June 9). A Perfectly Imperfect Shaggy Fish Story. New York Times, C4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Chapron, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Chapron, 2014; Diaz & Sebastian, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Diaz & Sebastian, 2013)
  • Three authors: (Uraguchi et al., 2009)
  • 6 or more authors: (Wilkins et al., 2014)

About the journal

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

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