How to format your references using the Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics. 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
Colwell, R. R. (2009). Graduate education. Professional science master’s programs merit wider support. Science (New York, N.Y.), 323(5922), 1676–1677.
A journal article with 2 authors
Gonnermann, H. M., & Mukhopadhyay, S. (2007). Non-equilibrium degassing and a primordial source for helium in ocean-island volcanism. Nature, 449(7165), 1037–1040.
A journal article with 3 authors
Tay, Y., Rinn, J., & Pandolfi, P. P. (2014). The multilayered complexity of ceRNA crosstalk and competition. Nature, 505(7483), 344–352.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Anway, M. D., Cupp, A. S., Uzumcu, M., & Skinner, M. K. (2005). Epigenetic transgenerational actions of endocrine disruptors and male fertility. Science (New York, N.Y.), 308(5727), 1466–1469.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rees, P. A. (2011). An Introduction to Zoo Biology and Management. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Brooke, P. J. (2008). Practical Distributed Processing (R. F. Paige, Ed.). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Mukherjee, J. (2009). HIV/AIDS Care: The Minimum Package and Scaling Up. In D. D. Celentano & C. Beyrer (Eds.), Public Health Aspects of HIV/AIDS in Low and Middle Income Countries: Epidemiology, Prevention and Care (pp. 71–84). Springer.

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 Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics.

Blog post
Andrews, R. (2017, February 7). Icelandic Scientists Just Successfully Drilled Into A Volcano’s Belly. 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). Treasury Electronic Signature Concept (AIMD-94-167R). 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
Sheldon, A. (2010). The impact of power restoration and narcissism on aggression [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
Kelly, C. (2007, August 7). In a Hospital Stay, No Time to Rest. New York Times, F5.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Colwell, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Colwell, 2009; Gonnermann & Mukhopadhyay, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Gonnermann & Mukhopadhyay, 2007)
  • Three authors: (Tay et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Anway et al., 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics
AbbreviationJ. Neurosci. Psychol. Econ.
ISSN (print)1937-321X
ISSN (online)2151-318X
ScopeBusiness, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
Behavioral Neuroscience
Cognitive Neuroscience
Applied Psychology
Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology

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