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
Wiseman, H. (2015). Quantum physics: Death by experiment for local realism. Nature, 526(7575), 649–650.
A journal article with 2 authors
Poliakoff, M., & King, P. (2001). Phenomenal fluids. Nature, 412(6843), 125.
A journal article with 3 authors
Heimpel, M., Aurnou, J., & Wicht, J. (2005). Simulation of equatorial and high-latitude jets on Jupiter in a deep convection model. Nature, 438(7065), 193–196.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Dupont-Nivet, G., Krijgsman, W., Langereis, C. G., Abels, H. A., Dai, S., & Fang, X. (2007). Tibetan plateau aridification linked to global cooling at the Eocene-Oligocene transition. Nature, 445(7128), 635–638.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ciana, P. (2011). New Frontiers in Technical Analysis. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Vasques, C. M. A., & Dias Rodrigues, J. (Eds.). (2011). Vibration and Structural Acoustics Analysis: Current Research and Related Technologies. Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Ravenscroft, S., & Denison, C. A. (2014). Social and Economic Implications of Increasing Income Inequality: Accountability Concerns. In S. Mintz (Ed.), Accounting for the Public Interest: Perspectives on Accountability, Professionalism and Role in Society (pp. 91–113). 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 1). Bizarre Sinkholes Discovered on Rosetta Comet. 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. (1981). Greater Use of Satellite Telecommunications To Link ADP Facilities Could Save Millions (EMD-81-102). 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
Escamilla, D. (2012). How performance following the implementation of a new structure affects employee engagement [Doctoral dissertation]. Pepperdine 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
Barry, E., & Kishkovsky, S. (2013, July 10). Latest Twist at Bolshoi: Director Is Pushed Out. 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 (Wiseman, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Poliakoff & King, 2001; Wiseman, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Poliakoff & King, 2001)
  • Three authors: (Heimpel et al., 2005)
  • 6 or more authors: (Dupont-Nivet 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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