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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Mathematical 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
Jensen, M. H. (2002). Obituary: Per Bak (1947-2002). Nature, 420(6913), 284.
A journal article with 2 authors
Brisson, J. A., & Nuzhdin, S. V. (2008). Rarity of males in pea aphids results in mutational decay. Science (New York, N.Y.), 319(5859), 58.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wiedemann, N., Meisinger, C., & Pfanner, N. (2009). Cell biology. Connecting organelles. Science (New York, N.Y.), 325(5939), 403–404.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Taylor, S. M., Antonia, A. L., Parobek, C. M., Juliano, J. J., Janko, M., Emch, M., Alam, M. T., Udhayakumar, V., Tshefu, A. K., & Meshnick, S. R. (2013). Plasmodium falciparum sulfadoxine resistance is geographically and genetically clustered within the DR Congo. Scientific Reports, 3, 1165.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Katsilambros, N., Diakoumopoulou, E., Ioannidis, I., Liatis, S., Makrilakis, K., Tentolouris, N., & Tsapogas, P. (2006). Diabetes in Clinical Practice. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Yakhno, T. (Ed.). (2005). Advances in Information Systems: Third International Conference, ADVIS 2004, Izmir, Turkey, October 20-22, 2004. Proceedings (Vol. 3261). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
de Vries, K., & van Dijk, N. (2013). A Bump in the Road. Ruling Out Law from Technology. In M. Hildebrandt & J. Gaakeer (Eds.), Human Law and Computer Law: Comparative Perspectives (pp. 89–121). 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 Mathematical Psychology.

Blog post
Andrew, D. (2016, June 12). Should You Avoid The Rio Olympics Because Of The Zika Virus? 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. (1990). Competitiveness: The Challenge of the Deficit (No. 144362). 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
Randall, R. (2009). Department of Children and Family Services workers’ knowledge of childhood obesity and services for obese children [Doctoral dissertation]. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Whiteside, K. (2017, August 29). In Family’s Footsteps, Minor Takes Big Stage. New York Times, B11.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Jensen, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Brisson & Nuzhdin, 2008; Jensen, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Brisson & Nuzhdin, 2008)
  • Three authors: (Wiedemann et al., 2009)
  • 6 or more authors: (Taylor et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Mathematical Psychology
AbbreviationJ. Math. Psychol.
ISSN (print)0022-2496
ScopeApplied Mathematics
General Psychology

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