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
Gilmour, J. (2002). Geochemistry. The solar system’s first clocks. Science (New York, N.Y.), 297(5587), 1658–1659.
A journal article with 2 authors
Vinnakota, R. K., & Genov, D. A. (2014). Terahertz optoelectronics with surface plasmon polariton diode. Scientific Reports, 4, 4899.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ditzen, M., Pellegrino, M., & Vosshall, L. B. (2008). Insect odorant receptors are molecular targets of the insect repellent DEET. Science (New York, N.Y.), 319(5871), 1838–1842.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Tiago de Oliveira, F., Chanda, A., Banerjee, D., Shan, X., Mondal, S., Que, L., Jr, Bominaar, E. L., Münck, E., & Collins, T. J. (2007). Chemical and spectroscopic evidence for an FeV-oxo complex. Science (New York, N.Y.), 315(5813), 835–838.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Howe, T. R. (2011). Marriages & Families in the 21st Century. Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Arodź, H. (2010). Lectures on Classical and Quantum Theory of Fields (L. Hadasz, Ed.). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Bresch, D., Fernández-Nieto, E. D., Ionescu, I. R., & Vigneaux, P. (2010). Augmented Lagrangian Method and Compressible Visco-plastic Flows: Applications to Shallow Dense Avalanches. In A. V. Fursikov, G. P. Galdi, & V. V. Pukhnachev (Eds.), New Directions in Mathematical Fluid Mechanics: The Alexander V. Kazhikhov Memorial Volume (pp. 57–89). Birkhäuser.

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
Luntz, S. (2014, November 7). Changing States? It’s Complicated. 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. (1991). Meeting the Aviation Challenges of the 1990s: Experts Define Key Problems and Identify Emerging Issues (RCED-91-152). 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
Ferris, R. J. (2014). Numerical investigations of flow past a partially rotating stepped cylinder [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
Van Gelder, S. K. C. by L. (2005, March 4). Arts, Briefly; Can They Make Book on Dostoyevsky? New York Times, E4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gilmour, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Gilmour, 2002; Vinnakota & Genov, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Vinnakota & Genov, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Ditzen et al., 2008)
  • 6 or more authors: (Tiago de Oliveira et al., 2007)

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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