How to format your references using the Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & 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.
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
Watanabe, M. (2005). Immunology goes global. Nature, 435(7046), 1282–1283.
A journal article with 2 authors
Greenberg, D. A., & Jin, K. (2005). From angiogenesis to neuropathology. Nature, 438(7070), 954–959.
A journal article with 3 authors
Weber, J. N., Peterson, B. K., & Hoekstra, H. E. (2013). Discrete genetic modules are responsible for complex burrow evolution in Peromyscus mice. Nature, 493(7432), 402–405.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Li, L., Lok, S.-M., Yu, I.-M., Zhang, Y., Kuhn, R. J., Chen, J., & Rossmann, M. G. (2008). The flavivirus precursor membrane-envelope protein complex: structure and maturation. Science (New York, N.Y.), 319(5871), 1830–1834.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Cox, I., Gaudard, M. A., & Stephens, M. L. (2016). Visual Six Sigma, Second Edition. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Katona, G. O. H., Schrijver, A., Szőnyi, T., & Sági, G. (Eds.). (2010). Fete of Combinatorics and Computer Science (Vol. 20). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Dell’Antonio, G., & Michelangeli, A. (2015). Dynamics on a Graph as the Limit of the Dynamics on a “Fat Graph.” In D. Mugnolo (Ed.), Mathematical Technology of Networks: Bielefeld, December 2013 (pp. 49–64). Cham: 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 Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2013, December 30). New magnetic cycle of the Sun has begun as its magnetic field “flips upside down.” Retrieved October 30, 2018, from“flips-upside-down”/


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. (1979). Student Eligibility and Other Problems in Federally Funded and Operated Schools in Puerto Rico (No. HRD-78-173). 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
Geiselman, C. K. (2010). Diet and reproduction of sympatric nectar-feeding bat species (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae) in French Guiana (Doctoral dissertation). Columbia University, New York, NY.

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. (2007, May 1). Supreme Court to Hear Appeal Of Mexican Death Row Inmate. New York Times, p. A16.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Watanabe, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Greenberg & Jin, 2005; Watanabe, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Greenberg & Jin, 2005)
  • Three authors: (Weber, Peterson, & Hoekstra, 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Li et al., 2008)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology
AbbreviationJ. Forens. Psychiatry Psychol.
ISSN (print)1478-9949
ISSN (online)1478-9957
ScopePsychiatry and Mental health
Clinical Psychology

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