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
Lok, C. (2001). Plans to reduce acceptable arsenic limit put on hold. Nature, 410(6828), 503.
A journal article with 2 authors
Yamamoto, J., & Tanaka, H. (2001). Transparent nematic phase in a liquid-crystal-based microemulsion. Nature, 409(6818), 321–325.
A journal article with 3 authors
Chu, R., Reczek, D., & Brondyk, W. (2014). Capture-stabilize approach for membrane protein SPR assays. Scientific Reports, 4, 7360.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Du, X., Wen, J., Wang, Y., Karmaus, P. W. F., Khatamian, A., Tan, H., … Chi, H. (2018). Hippo/Mst signalling couples metabolic state and immune function of CD8α+ dendritic cells. Nature, 558(7708), 141–145.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ribéreau-Gayon, P., Dubourdieu, D., Donèche, B., & Lonvaud, A. (2006). Handbook of Enology. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Honda, N. (2015). Virtual Turning Points. (T. Kawai & Y. Takei, Eds.) (Vol. 4). Tokyo: Springer Japan.
A chapter in an edited book
Meslé, F., Vallin, J., & Shkolnikov, V. (2012). Eighty Years of Sex-Specific and Age-Specific Mortality Trends. In J. Vallin (Ed.), Mortality and Causes of Death in 20th-Century Ukraine (pp. 89–101). Dordrecht: 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 Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics.

Blog post
O`Callaghan, J. (2016, May 23). Amputee Gamer Gets Bionic Arm That Has Its Own Drone. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (2004). Survey of Supervisors at U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, an E-supplement to GAO-04-422 (No. GAO-04-616SP). Washington, DC: 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
Luna, M. (2017). A Case Study of the Influence of Multipurpose Spaces on Campus Life at an Institution of Art and Design (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Stewart, J. B. (2017, June 22). Monkey Throwing Darts Loses a Faithful Disciple. New York Times, p. B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lok, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Lok, 2001; Yamamoto & Tanaka, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Yamamoto & Tanaka, 2001)
  • Three authors: (Chu, Reczek, & Brondyk, 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Du et al., 2018)

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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