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
Ehrsson, H. H. (2007). The experimental induction of out-of-body experiences. Science (New York, N.Y.), 317(5841), 1048.
A journal article with 2 authors
Dynek, J. N., & Smith, S. (2004). Resolution of sister telomere association is required for progression through mitosis. Science (New York, N.Y.), 304(5667), 97–100.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wang, S., Hashimoto, N., & Ohnuki, S. (2013). Hydrogen-induced change in core structures of {110}[111] edge and {110}[111] screw dislocations in iron. Scientific Reports, 3, 2760.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Goldraij, A., Kondo, K., Lee, C. B., Hancock, C. N., Sivaguru, M., Vazquez-Santana, S., Kim, S., Phillips, T. E., Cruz-Garcia, F., & McClure, B. (2006). Compartmentalization of S-RNase and HT-B degradation in self-incompatible Nicotiana. Nature, 439(7078), 805–810.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Port, M. (2008). Beyond Booked Solid. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Solieri, L., & Giudici, P. (Eds.). (2009). Vinegars of the World. Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Beltiţă, D., & Galé, J. E. (2016). Reproducing Kernels and Positivity of Vector Bundles in Infinite Dimensions. In M. de Jeu, B. de Pagter, O. van Gaans, & M. Veraar (Eds.), Ordered Structures and Applications: Positivity VII (Zaanen Centennial Conference), 22-26 July 2013, Leiden, the Netherlands (pp. 51–75). 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
Andrew, E. (2014, September 12). World First: Woman Receives Tissue Graft Made From Induced Stem Cells. 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. (2008). Highway Bridge Program: Clearer Goals and Performance Measures Needed for a More Focused and Sustainable Program (GAO-08-1043). 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
Slabaugh, J. L. (2012). The Occurrence of Alternans and Arrhythmias in a Multicellular, Cardiac Preparation [Doctoral dissertation]. Ohio State 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
Vecsey, G. (2010, July 2). In South Africa, Diversions Far From the Field. New York Times, B10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ehrsson, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Dynek & Smith, 2004; Ehrsson, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Dynek & Smith, 2004)
  • Three authors: (Wang et al., 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Goldraij et al., 2006)

About the journal

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

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