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
Goldston, D. (2007). Making room for dissent. Nature, 448(7153), 524.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kourtzi, Z., & Kanwisher, N. (2001). Representation of perceived object shape by the human lateral occipital complex. Science (New York, N.Y.), 293(5534), 1506–1509.
A journal article with 3 authors
Béarez, P., DeVries, T. J., & Ortlieb, L. (2003). Comment on “Otolith delta18O record of mid-Holocene sea surface temperatures in Peru.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 299(5604), 203; author reply 203.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Chen, Z., Zhang, T., Lin, J., Yan, Z., Wang, Y., Zheng, W., & Weng, K. C. (2014). GeneSense: a new approach for human gene annotation integrated with protein-protein interaction networks. Scientific Reports, 4, 4474.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Källén, A. (2011). Understanding Biostatistics. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Rocha, M. P., Riverola, F. F., Shatkay, H., & Corchado, J. M. (Eds.). (2010). Advances in Bioinformatics: 4th International Workshop on Practical Applications of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics 2010 (IWPACBB 2010) (Vol. 74). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Macrander, A. (2015). Spatial (In)Justice. In R. M. O. Pritchard, M. Klumpp, & U. Teichler (Eds.), Diversity and Excellence in Higher Education: Can the Challenges be Reconciled? (pp. 71–90). Rotterdam: SensePublishers.

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
Fang, J. (2015, March 4). Tobacco Kills Two Out of Three Smokers. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (1991). Social Security: Telephone Access to Local Field Offices (No. HRD-91-112). 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
Koblick, D. C. (2012). Parallel high-precision orbit propagation using the modified Picard-Chebyshev method (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Williams, J. (2017, October 15). A Hidden Hero Brought to Light. New York Times, p. C6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Goldston, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Goldston, 2007; Kourtzi & Kanwisher, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Kourtzi & Kanwisher, 2001)
  • Three authors: (Béarez, DeVries, & Ortlieb, 2003)
  • 6 or more authors: (Chen et al., 2014)

About the journal

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

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