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
García de Abajo, F. J. (2013). Applied physics. Graphene nanophotonics. Science (New York, N.Y.), 339(6122), 917–918.
A journal article with 2 authors
Tomasello, M., & Kaminski, J. (2009). Behavior. Like infant, like dog. Science (New York, N.Y.), 325(5945), 1213–1214.
A journal article with 3 authors
Chen, S.-K., Badea, T. C., & Hattar, S. (2011). Photoentrainment and pupillary light reflex are mediated by distinct populations of ipRGCs. Nature, 476(7358), 92–95.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Franzmann, T. M., Jahnel, M., Pozniakovsky, A., Mahamid, J., Holehouse, A. S., Nüske, E., Richter, D., Baumeister, W., Grill, S. W., Pappu, R. V., Hyman, A. A., & Alberti, S. (2018). Phase separation of a yeast prion protein promotes cellular fitness. Science (New York, N.Y.), 359(6371).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hopkins, B. R. (2009). Fundraising Law Made Easy. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Luc, M., Somorowska, U., & Szmańda, J. B. (Eds.). (2015). Landscape Analysis and Planning: Geographical Perspectives. Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Hill, D. (2016). Adding Value: Building Mutually Beneficial Strategic Partnerships. In A. Hoffman (Ed.), 50 Billion Dollar Boss: African American Women Sharing Stories of Success in Entrepreneurship and Leadership (pp. 47–55). Palgrave Macmillan US.

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. (2017, January 30). A Better Way To Harness The Wisdom Of Crowds. 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. (1993). Justice Software Management (IMTEC-93-35R). 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
Davenport, C. S. (2017). Dynamic Modeling Framework to Predict Instantaneous Status of a Tractor-Dolly System [Doctoral dissertation]. Mississippi State 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
Austen, I., & Chapman, M. M. (2015, March 24). A Slow Thaw for the Great Lakes. New York Times, B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (García de Abajo, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (García de Abajo, 2013; Tomasello & Kaminski, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Tomasello & Kaminski, 2009)
  • Three authors: (Chen et al., 2011)
  • 6 or more authors: (Franzmann et al., 2018)

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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