How to format your references using the Journal of Media Psychology: Theories, Methods, and Applications citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Media Psychology: Theories, Methods, and Applications. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Macilwain, C. (2006). Market watch. Nature, 444(7121), 805.
A journal article with 2 authors
Tang, S., & Presgraves, D. C. (2009). Evolution of the Drosophila nuclear pore complex results in multiple hybrid incompatibilities. Science (New York, N.Y.), 323(5915), 779–782.
A journal article with 3 authors
Li, J., An, J., & Ting, C. S. (2013). Interaction-induced localization of mobile impurities in ultracold systems. Scientific Reports, 3, 3147.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Du, J., Rong, X., Zhao, N., Wang, Y., Yang, J., & Liu, R. B. (2009). Preserving electron spin coherence in solids by optimal dynamical decoupling. Nature, 461(7268), 1265–1268.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Borisenko, V. E., & Ossicini, S. (2012). What is What in the Nanoworld. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Deuflhard, P. (2015). A Guide to Numerical Modelling in Systems Biology (S. Röblitz, Ed.; Vol. 12). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Sorensen, K. A., Mohankumar, S., & Thangaraj, S. R. (2016). Physical, Mechanical and Cultural Control of Vegetable Insects. In R. Muniappan & E. A. Heinrichs (Eds.), Integrated Pest Management of Tropical Vegetable Crops (pp. 131–148). Springer Netherlands.

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 Media Psychology: Theories, Methods, and Applications.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, July 8). New Lock-And-Key Technology Promises Rapid Cancer Testing for Developing World. 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. (1994). SSA Services to Employers (HEHS-95-38R). 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
Dusenberry, W. (2017). Integrating depth psychology in adolescent court-mandated treatment facilities: Increasing treatment efficacy and client engagement [Doctoral dissertation]. Pacifica Graduate Institute.

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
Koblin, J. (2016, September 18). Emmys Welcome Surprises Along With the Favorites. New York Times, C1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Macilwain, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Macilwain, 2006; Tang & Presgraves, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Tang & Presgraves, 2009)
  • Three authors: (Li et al., 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Du et al., 2009)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Media Psychology: Theories, Methods, and Applications
AbbreviationJ. Media Psychol.
ISSN (print)1864-1105
ISSN (online)2151-2388
ScopeApplied Psychology
Social Psychology

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