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
Adam, D. (2001). British archaeology boost may uncover old enthusiasm. Nature, 413(6854), 338.
A journal article with 2 authors
Brinker, C. J., & Clem, P. G. (2013). Materials science. Quartz on silicon. Science (New York, N.Y.), 340(6134), 818–819.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hulleman, F., van Kerkwijk, M. H., & Kulkarni, S. R. (2000). An optical counterpart to the anomalous X-ray pulsar 4U0142+61. Nature, 408(6813), 689–692.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Colman-Lerner, A., Gordon, A., Serra, E., Chin, T., Resnekov, O., Endy, D., Pesce, C. G., & Brent, R. (2005). Regulated cell-to-cell variation in a cell-fate decision system. Nature, 437(7059), 699–706.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hanzo, L., Maunder, R. G., Wang, J., & Yang, L.-L. (2010). Near-Capacity Variable-Length Coding. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Wen, Z., & Li, T. (Eds.). (2014). Foundations of Intelligent Systems: Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Intelligent Systems and Knowledge Engineering, Shenzhen, China, Nov 2013 (ISKE 2013) (Vol. 277). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Deutsch, M. (2015). Interdependence and Psychological Orientation. In M. Deutsch (Ed.), Morton Deutsch: A Pioneer in Developing Peace Psychology (pp. 105–129). 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
Hale, T. (2017, May 8). Forget Lab-Grown Meat, Eating Insects Is Best For The Planet. 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. (2005). School Meal Programs: Competitive Foods Are Widely Available and Generate Substantial Revenues for Schools (GAO-05-563). 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
Nelson, P. T. (2008). Sound as a gateway to a personal relationship with nature [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
Crow, K. (2000, July 9). Midnight at the Oasis, as Restaurant’s Lease Is Withdrawn. New York Times, 147.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Adam, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Adam, 2001; Brinker & Clem, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Brinker & Clem, 2013)
  • Three authors: (Hulleman et al., 2000)
  • 6 or more authors: (Colman-Lerner et al., 2005)

About the journal

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

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