How to format your references using the Journal of Happiness Studies citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Happiness Studies. 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
Flier, J. S. (2006). Neuroscience. Regulating energy balance: the substrate strikes back. Science (New York, N.Y.), 312(5775), 861–864.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ruths, D., & Pfeffer, J. (2014). Social sciences. Social media for large studies of behavior. Science (New York, N.Y.), 346(6213), 1063–1064.
A journal article with 3 authors
Pollitz, F. F., Wicks, C., & Thatcher, W. (2001). Mantle flow beneath a continental strike-slip fault: postseismic deformation after the 1999 Hector Mine earthquake. Science (New York, N.Y.), 293(5536), 1814–1818.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Xu, Z., Liu, Y., Ma, Z., Sam Toloo, G., Hu, W., & Tong, S. (2014). Assessment of the temperature effect on childhood diarrhea using satellite imagery. Scientific reports, 4, 5389.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Silvia, T., & Anzur, T. (2011). Power Performance. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Celentano, D. D., & Beyrer, C. (Eds.). (2009). Public Health Aspects of HIV/AIDS in Low and Middle Income Countries: Epidemiology, Prevention and Care. New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Richter, K.-F., & Winter, S. (2014). Computational Aspects: How Landmarks Can Be Observed, Stored, and Analysed. In S. Winter (Ed.), Landmarks: GIScience for Intelligent Services (pp. 137–173). 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 Happiness Studies.

Blog post
O`Callaghan, J. (2017, May 11). One Of Earth’s Closest Failed Stars May Actually Be A Rogue Planet. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 2018


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. (1990). Overseas Allowances: Improvements Needed in Administration (No. NSIAD-90-46). 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
Kenigsberg, B. (2017, June 22). Read All About It, If You Still Can. New York Times, p. C10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Flier 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Flier 2006; Ruths and Pfeffer 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Ruths and Pfeffer 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Xu et al. 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Happiness Studies
AbbreviationJ. Happiness Stud.
ISSN (print)1389-4978
ISSN (online)1573-7780
ScopeSocial Sciences (miscellaneous)

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