How to format your references using the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Smaglik, P. (2005). Central stations. Nature, 433(7024), 439.
A journal article with 2 authors
Elowitz, M., & Lim, W. A. (2010). Build life to understand it. Nature, 468(7326), 889–890.
A journal article with 3 authors
Fonseca, P. J., Münch, D., & Hennig, R. M. (2000). How cicadas interpret acoustic signals. Nature, 405(6784), 297–298.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Gu, W., Li, H., Zhao, P., Yu, R., Pan, G., Gao, S., Xie, X., Huang, A., He, L., & Wang, G. (2014). Quantitative proteomic analysis of thylakoid from two microalgae (Haematococcus pluvialis and Dunaliella salina) reveals two different high light-responsive strategies. Scientific Reports, 4, 6661.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Larose, D. T. (2005). Data Mining Methods and Models. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Dickson, R. R., Meincke, J., & Rhines, P. (Eds.). (2008). Arctic–Subarctic Ocean Fluxes: Defining the Role of the Northern Seas in Climate. Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Shah, J. (2009). Herbal Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction. In K. G. Ramawat (Ed.), Herbal Drugs: Ethnomedicine to Modern Medicine (pp. 67–80). Springer.

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 Experimental Psychology: General.

Blog post
Davis, J. (2015, July 17). The Uncomfortable Truth About The Tiger Trade Ban. 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. (1998). Transportation Issue Area: Active Assignments (AA-98-18(2)). 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
Martinez, K. (2009). Personal narrative: The struggles and limitations of immigration experienced by an El Salvadorian refugee [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
Grynbaum, M. M. (2017, June 10). Testimony By Comey Turns Into Ratings Gold. New York Times, A17.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Smaglik, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Elowitz & Lim, 2010; Smaglik, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Elowitz & Lim, 2010)
  • Three authors: (Fonseca et al., 2000)
  • 6 or more authors: (Gu et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Experimental Psychology: General
AbbreviationJ. Exp. Psychol. Gen.
ISSN (print)0096-3445
ISSN (online)1939-2222
ScopeDevelopmental Neuroscience
General Psychology
Experimental and Cognitive Psychology

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