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
El-Awady, N. (2009). Science journalism: The Arab boom. Nature, 459(7250), 1057.
A journal article with 2 authors
Abbott, L. F., & Regehr, W. G. (2004). Synaptic computation. Nature, 431(7010), 796–803.
A journal article with 3 authors
Toope, S. J., Tan, C. C., & Fedoroff, N. V. (2012). Science in Asia. Improving Asia-Pacific science collaboration. Science (New York, N.Y.), 336(6077), 38–39.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Rutter, G. M., Crain, J. N., Guisinger, N. P., Li, T., First, P. N., & Stroscio, J. A. (2007). Scattering and interference in epitaxial graphene. Science (New York, N.Y.), 317(5835), 219–222.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gray, R. (2011). A History of American Literature. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Kachanov, M., & Sevostianov, I. (Eds.). (2013). Effective Properties of Heterogeneous Materials (Vol. 193). Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Julian, S. R. (2015). Quantum Oscillation Measurements Applied to Strongly Correlated Electron Systems. In A. Avella & F. Mancini (Eds.), Strongly Correlated Systems: Experimental Techniques (pp. 137–172). 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, D. (2016, August 30). How Cooperative Behaviour Could Make Artificial Intelligence More Human. 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. (1997). Student Loans: Selected Characteristics of Schools in Two Major Federal Loan Programs (HEHS-97-45). 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
Hawkins, J. T. (2017). A Private Solution to a Public Problem: Managing Hydraulic Fracturing Risks by Enhancing Private Governance through Mandatory Insurance Requirements [Doctoral dissertation]. George Washington 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
Rothenberg, B. (2017, January 11). Looking to Tune In to Catch Women’s Tennis? For Now, Better Get Creative. 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 (El-Awady, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Abbott & Regehr, 2004; El-Awady, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Abbott & Regehr, 2004)
  • Three authors: (Toope et al., 2012)
  • 6 or more authors: (Rutter et al., 2007)

About the journal

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

Other styles