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
Frank, L. (2002). Biotechnology in the Medicon Valley. Nature, 420(6916 Suppl), A27, A29, A31 passim.
A journal article with 2 authors
Li, G., & Luo, Z.-X. (2006). A Cretaceous symmetrodont therian with some monotreme-like postcranial features. Nature, 439(7073), 195–200.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lee, J., Park, J., & Choi, C. (2014). Identification of phenotype deterministic genes using systemic analysis of transcriptional response. Scientific Reports, 4, 4413.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Hunt, J. F., Weinkauf, S., Henry, L., Fak, J. J., McNicholas, P., Oliver, D. B., & Deisenhofer, J. (2002). Nucleotide control of interdomain interactions in the conformational reaction cycle of SecA. Science (New York, N.Y.), 297(5589), 2018–2026.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ancheyta, J. (2016). Deactivation of Heavy Oil Hydroprocessing Catalysts. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Levermore, D. M. (2006). Enterprise Collaboration: On-Demand Information Exchange for Extended Enterprises (C. Hsu, Ed.; Vol. 11). Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Ghazi, A. N., Petersen, K., & Börstler, J. (2015). Heterogeneous Systems Testing Techniques: An Exploratory Survey. In D. Winkler, S. Biffl, & J. Bergsmann (Eds.), Software Quality. Software and Systems Quality in Distributed and Mobile Environments: 7th International Conference, SWQD 2015, Vienna, Austria, January 20-23, 2015, Proceedings (pp. 67–85). 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 Experimental Social Psychology.

Blog post
O`Callaghan, J. (2015, October 2). Rosetta Gets Great View Of The “Dark Side” Of Comet 67P. 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. (1954). Comments on Use of Funds from Vending Machines (B-120257). 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
Karch, K. (2014). An investigation of perceptions about smart mobile phone usage as an instructional tool in a high school classroom [Doctoral dissertation]. Capella 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
Greenhouse, L. (2008, January 23). Justices Broaden Immunity For Officers. New York Times, A16.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Frank, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Frank, 2002; Li & Luo, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Li & Luo, 2006)
  • Three authors: (Lee et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Hunt et al., 2002)

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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