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
Verma, I. M. (2012). Renato Dulbecco (1914-2012). Nature, 483(7390), 408.
A journal article with 2 authors
Zhong, C.-B., & Liljenquist, K. (2006). Washing away your sins: threatened morality and physical cleansing. Science (New York, N.Y.), 313(5792), 1451–1452.
A journal article with 3 authors
Schibler, J., Elsner, J., & Schlumbaum, A. (2014). Incorporation of aurochs into a cattle herd in Neolithic Europe: single event or breeding? Scientific Reports, 4, 5798.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Martina, B. E. E., Haagmans, B. L., Kuiken, T., Fouchier, R. A. M., Rimmelzwaan, G. F., Van Amerongen, G., Peiris, J. S. M., Lim, W., & Osterhaus, A. D. M. E. (2003). Virology: SARS virus infection of cats and ferrets. Nature, 425(6961), 915.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Al-Malah, K. I. M. (2016). Aspen Plus®. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Damjanov, I., & Fan, F. (Eds.). (2013). Cancer Grading Manual (2nd ed. 2013). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Klein, J. A., Lee, F. T., Hinshaw, J. L., Lubner, M. G., & Brace, C. L. (2013). Overview of Thermal Ablation Devices: Microwave. In T. Clark & T. Sabharwal (Eds.), Interventional Radiology Techniques in Ablation (pp. 21–28). Springer.

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, June 3). New Type Of Exoplanet Discovered. 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. (1999). Telecommunications: The Changing Status of Competition to Cable Television (RCED-99-158). 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
Ware, S. C. (2014). Alcohol consumption and breast cancer risk in older women: A modifiable lifestyle risk factor [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
Fink, S., Risen, J., & Savage, C. (2017, January 19). New Details of C.I.A. Torture, and a New Clash. New York Times, A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Verma, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Verma, 2012; Zhong & Liljenquist, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Zhong & Liljenquist, 2006)
  • Three authors: (Schibler et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Martina et al., 2003)

About the journal

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

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