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
Bourzac, K. (2013). Water: The flow of technology. Nature, 501(7468), S4-6.
A journal article with 2 authors
Seelig, B., & Szostak, J. W. (2007). Selection and evolution of enzymes from a partially randomized non-catalytic scaffold. Nature, 448(7155), 828–831.
A journal article with 3 authors
Biankin, A. V., Piantadosi, S., & Hollingsworth, S. J. (2015). Patient-centric trials for therapeutic development in precision oncology. Nature, 526(7573), 361–370.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Mucida, D., Park, Y., Kim, G., Turovskaya, O., Scott, I., Kronenberg, M., & Cheroutre, H. (2007). Reciprocal TH17 and regulatory T cell differentiation mediated by retinoic acid. Science (New York, N.Y.), 317(5835), 256–260.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lenk, R., & Lenk, C. (2011). Practical Lighting Design With LEDs. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Breusch, S. (2005). The Well-Cemented Total Hip Arthroplasty: Theory and Practice (H. Malchau, Ed.). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Baracca, A., & Franconi, R. (2016). Reaching a Critical Mass and Laying the Foundations of an Advanced Scientific System. In R. Franconi (Ed.), Subalternity vs. Hegemony, Cuba’s Outstanding Achievements in Science and Biotechnology, 1959-2014 (pp. 39–53). 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 Mathematical Psychology.

Blog post
Hale, T. (2017, March 6). A Crazy Number Of Kids Are Getting Sick From Drinking Hand Sanitizers. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from IFLScience website:


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. (1981). Online Access to Legislative Information (No. 115068). 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
Greene, B. (2017). Repercussions of the Dark Valley - Reenacting And Reinterpreting an Era via Fantasy Manga (Doctoral dissertation). University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.

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
Kelly, C. (2013, May 15). Covering the Rising Cost of Long-Term Care. New York Times, p. F3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bourzac, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Bourzac, 2013; Seelig & Szostak, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Seelig & Szostak, 2007)
  • Three authors: (Biankin, Piantadosi, & Hollingsworth, 2015)
  • 6 or more authors: (Mucida et al., 2007)

About the journal

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

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