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
Aldhous, P. (2002). Agribiotech: more heat than light. Nature, 420(6917), 730–731.
A journal article with 2 authors
Panchanathan, K., & Boyd, R. (2004). Indirect reciprocity can stabilize cooperation without the second-order free rider problem. Nature, 432(7016), 499–502.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kossin, J. P., Emanuel, K. A., & Vecchi, G. A. (2014). The poleward migration of the location of tropical cyclone maximum intensity. Nature, 509(7500), 349–352.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Perlo, J., Demas, V., Casanova, F., Meriles, C. A., Reimer, J., Pines, A., & Blümich, B. (2005). High-resolution NMR spectroscopy with a portable single-sided sensor. Science (New York, N.Y.), 308(5726), 1279.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Laykin, E. (2013). Investigative Computer Forensics. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Bansal, N. P. (Ed.). (2005). Handbook of Ceramic Composites. Boston, MA: Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Koshy, K., Stevenson, L. A., Boonjawat, J., Campbell, J. R., Ebi, K. L., Lotia, H., & Zondervan, R. (2014). Climate and Society. In M. Manton & L. A. Stevenson (Eds.), Climate in Asia and the Pacific: Security, Society and Sustainability (pp. 199–252). Dordrecht: 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
Fang, J. (2015, January 30). Your Anonymous Credit Card Data Can Be Matched Back To You. 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. (1991). Transportation Infrastructure: Issues for Congressional Consideration During Reauthorization of Surface Transportation Programs (No. T-RCED-91-56). 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
Horwitz, M. H. (2017). Morphodynamics and Sediment Transport Pathways of the John’s Pass-Blind Pass Dual Inlet System: Pinellas County, Florida (Doctoral dissertation). University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

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
Dynarski, S. (2015, November 20). Where Charter Schools Outperform. New York Times, p. BU6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Aldhous, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Aldhous, 2002; Panchanathan & Boyd, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Panchanathan & Boyd, 2004)
  • Three authors: (Kossin, Emanuel, & Vecchi, 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Perlo 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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