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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Experimental Social 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
Canup, R. M. (2012). Forming a Moon with an Earth-like composition via a giant impact. Science (New York, N.Y.), 338(6110), 1052–1055.
A journal article with 2 authors
Jaeger, J.-J., & Marivaux, L. (2005). Paleontology. Shaking the earliest branches of anthropoid primate evolution. Science (New York, N.Y.), 310(5746), 244–245.
A journal article with 3 authors
Katsanis, S. H., Javitt, G., & Hudson, K. (2008). Public health. A case study of personalized medicine. Science (New York, N.Y.), 320(5872), 53–54.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
He, X., He, X., Dave, V. P., Zhang, Y., Hua, X., Nicolas, E., Xu, W., Roe, B. A., & Kappes, D. J. (2005). The zinc finger transcription factor Th-POK regulates CD4 versus CD8 T-cell lineage commitment. Nature, 433(7028), 826–833.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Etheridge, D. (2010). Excel® Data Analysis. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
De Haes, S. (2009). Enterprise Governance of Information Technology: Achieving Strategic Alignment and Value (W. Van Grembergen, Ed.). Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Heidegren, C.-G. (2010). Positivism before Logical Positivism in Nordic Philosophy. In J. Manninen & F. Stadler (Eds.), The Vienna Circle in the Nordic Countries (pp. 91–103). 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 Experimental Social Psychology.

Blog post
Carpineti, A. (2016, November 29). Water Stays Frozen Above Boiling Point When Trapped In Carbon Nanotubes. 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. (1976). Recent Development in Science and Technology: Progress and Concerns (094655). 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
Stangl, B. L. (2010). The mediation of cognitive task performance in post-menopausal women: An examination of the effects of DHEA upon cognition [Doctoral dissertation]. George Washington University.

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
Robles, F., Horowitz, J., & Dewan, S. (2015, June 19). Flying the Flags of White Power. New York Times, A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Canup, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Canup, 2012; Jaeger & Marivaux, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Jaeger & Marivaux, 2005)
  • Three authors: (Katsanis et al., 2008)
  • 6 or more authors: (He et al., 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Experimental Social Psychology
AbbreviationJ. Exp. Soc. Psychol.
ISSN (print)0022-1031
ScopeSocial Psychology
Sociology and Political Science

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