How to format your references using the Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology. 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
de Waal FBM (2013) Behavior. Animal conformists. Science 340:437–438
A journal article with 2 authors
Lauder JM, Oppenheim R (2001) Obituary. Viktor Hamburger (1900-2001). Nature 412:496
A journal article with 3 authors
Hahnloser RHR, Kozhevnikov AA, Fee MS (2002) An ultra-sparse code underlies the generation of neural sequences in a songbird. Nature 419:65–70
A journal article with 5 or more authors
van Dam JA, Abdul Aziz H, Alvarez Sierra MA, et al (2006) Long-period astronomical forcing of mammal turnover. Nature 443:687–691

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rounds J, Segner R (2011) Construction Supervision. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Colombo J (2015) Clinical Autonomic Dysfunction: Measurement, Indications, Therapies, and Outcomes. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
McCarthy JM, Soh GS (2011) Algebraic Synthesis of Planar Chains. In: Soh GS (ed) Geometric Design of Linkages. Springer, New York, NY, pp 93–123

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 Police and Criminal Psychology.

Blog post
O`Callaghan J (2017) Mars Mission Cancer Risk May Be Double What We Thought. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 2018


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 (2014) Information Technology: SSA Needs to Address Limitations in Management Controls and Human Capital Planning to Support Modernization Efforts. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Cagle West M (2010) Effective software engineering leadership for development programs. Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix

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
Ratliff B (2017) Take the Familiar and Try to Add Adventure. New York Times C5

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (de Waal 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Lauder and Oppenheim 2001; de Waal 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Lauder and Oppenheim 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (van Dam et al. 2006)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Police and Criminal Psychology
AbbreviationJ. Police Crim. Psychol.
ISSN (print)0882-0783
ISSN (online)1936-6469
ScopeApplied Psychology

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