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
Lloyd, K. (2015). MICROBIOLOGY. Beyond known methanogens. Science (New York, N.Y.), 350(6259), 384.
A journal article with 2 authors
Cresswell, J. E., & Thompson, H. M. (2012). Comment on “A common pesticide decreases foraging success and survival in honey bees.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 337(6101), 1453; author reply 1453.
A journal article with 3 authors
Thammavongsa, V., Missiakas, D. M., & Schneewind, O. (2013). Staphylococcus aureus degrades neutrophil extracellular traps to promote immune cell death. Science (New York, N.Y.), 342(6160), 863–866.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Shin, J., Bossenz, M., Chung, Y., Ma, H., Byron, M., Taniguchi-Ishigaki, N., Zhu, X., Jiao, B., Hall, L. L., Green, M. R., Jones, S. N., Hermans-Borgmeyer, I., Lawrence, J. B., & Bach, I. (2010). Maternal Rnf12/RLIM is required for imprinted X-chromosome inactivation in mice. Nature, 467(7318), 977–981.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gunn, D. M. (2016). Judges. Blackwell Publishing.
An edited book
Russell, C., & Raymond, C. (Eds.). (2012). The Dawn Mission to Minor Planets 4 Vesta and 1 Ceres. Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Green, B. (2011). My Deakin Days. In R. Tinning & K. Sirna (Eds.), Education, Social Justice and the Legacy of Deakin University: Reflections of the Deakin Diaspora (pp. 53–64). SensePublishers.

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
Andrew, E. (2015, June 4). Climate Meme Debunked As The ‘Tropospheric Hot Spot’ Is Found. 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. (1996). Federal Research: Interim Assessment of the Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer Programs (T-RCED-96-93). 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
Becknell, J. M. (2013). Listening to narratives of war [Doctoral dissertation]. Pacifica Graduate Institute.

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
Roach, M. (2016, April 24). Not an Accident. New York Times, BR8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lloyd, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Cresswell & Thompson, 2012; Lloyd, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Cresswell & Thompson, 2012)
  • Three authors: (Thammavongsa et al., 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Shin et al., 2010)

About the journal

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

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