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
McNutt, M. (2014). A new look. Science (New York, N.Y.), 344(6186), 781.
A journal article with 2 authors
Limardo, A. J., & Worden, A. Z. (2015). Microbiology: Exclusive networks in the sea. Nature, 522(7554), 36–37.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kärkäs, M. D., Matsuura, B. S., & Stephenson, C. R. J. (2015). ORGANIC CHEMISTRY. Enchained by visible light-mediated photoredox catalysis. Science (New York, N.Y.), 349(6254), 1285–1286.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Fu, X.-X., Zhang, R.-Q., Zhang, G.-P., & Li, Z.-L. (2014). Rectifying properties of oligo(phenylene ethynylene) heterometallic molecular junctions: molecular length and side group effects. Scientific Reports, 4, 6357.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Toutain, L., & Minaburo, A. (2013). Local Networks and the Internet. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Agarwal, R. P. (2014). Oscillation and Stability of Delay Models in Biology (D. O’Regan & S. H. Saker, Eds.). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Lemle, E., Bomkamp, K., Williams, M. K., & Cutbirth, E. (2015). Virtual Reality and the Future of Entertainment. In K. Bomkamp, M. K. Williams, & E. Cutbirth (Eds.), Two Bit Circus and the Future of Entertainment (pp. 25–37). 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. (2015, January 27). Astronomers Spot Oldest Known Planetary System In The Galaxy. 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. (2012). National Mediation Board Mandates in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (GAO-12-835R). 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
Schneider, S. Z. (2009). Mercury sources and cycling processes in the Cape Fear River estuary, North Carolina [Doctoral dissertation]. University of North Carolina.

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
Stevens, M. (2017, August 24). Dating Services Move To Block Extremists. New York Times, B3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (McNutt, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Limardo & Worden, 2015; McNutt, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Limardo & Worden, 2015)
  • Three authors: (Kärkäs et al., 2015)
  • 6 or more authors: (Fu 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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