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
Diamandis, E. P. (2015). Getting noticed is half the battle. Science (New York, N.Y.), 349(6244), 206.
A journal article with 2 authors
Vähärautio, A., & Taipale, J. (2014). Cancer. Cancer by super-enhancer. Science (New York, N.Y.), 346(6215), 1291–1292.
A journal article with 3 authors
Adini, Y., Sagi, D., & Tsodyks, M. (2002). Context-enabled learning in the human visual system. Nature, 415(6873), 790–793.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Zhou, L., Swearer, D. F., Zhang, C., Robatjazi, H., Zhao, H., Henderson, L., Dong, L., Christopher, P., Carter, E. A., Nordlander, P., & Halas, N. J. (2018). Quantifying hot carrier and thermal contributions in plasmonic photocatalysis. Science (New York, N.Y.), 362(6410), 69–72.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sapienza, A. M. (2004). Managing Scientists. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Oswalt, T. D., French, L. M., & Kalas, P. (Eds.). (2013). Planets, Stars and Stellar Systems: Volume 3: Solar and Stellar Planetary Systems. Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Hattotuwagama, C. K., Doytchinova, I. A., Guan, P., & Flower, D. R. (2008). In Silico QSAR-Based Predictions of Class I and Class II MHC Epitopes. In C. Schönbach, S. Ranganathan, & V. Brusic (Eds.), Immunoinformatics (pp. 63–89). 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 Social Psychology.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, March 18). Parasite Causes Cannibalism In Shrimp. 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. (1987). Decisions of the Comptroller General of the United States, Volume 67, November 1987 (No. 087967). 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
Eng, R. (2014). Exploring Investors’ Decision Making Processes During the 2008 Financial Crisis Using Epstein’s Cognitive Experiential Self-Theory: A Multiple-case Study [Doctoral dissertation]. Northcentral 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
Cowen, T. (2014, December 6). The Technological Fix to Inequality. New York Times, BU7.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Diamandis, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Diamandis, 2015; Vähärautio & Taipale, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Vähärautio & Taipale, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Adini et al., 2002)
  • 6 or more authors: (Zhou et al., 2018)

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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