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
Stafford N (2007) Spy in the sky. Nature 445:808–809
A journal article with 2 authors
Lund ST, Bohlmann J (2006) The molecular basis for wine grape quality--a volatile subject. Science 311:804–805
A journal article with 3 authors
Schön JH, Meng H, Bao Z (2001) Field-effect modulation of the conductance of single molecules. Science 294:2138–2140
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Paragi Z, Taylor GB, Kouveliotou C, et al (2010) A mildly relativistic radio jet from the otherwise normal type Ic supernova 2007gr. Nature 463:516–518

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Pavlović T, Alvarez I, Blanco-Cano R, et al (2008) 100 Years of Spanish Cinema. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK
An edited book
Guelfi N, Savidis A (eds) (2006) Rapid Integration of Software Engineering Techniques: Second International Workshop, RISE 2005, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, September 8-9, 2005, Revised Selected Papers. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Wobst HM (2006) Artifacts as Social Interference: The Politics of Spatial Scale. In: Molyneaux BL (ed) Confronting scale in archaeology: Issues of Theory and Practice. Springer US, Boston, MA, pp 55–64

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
Davis J (2015) More Refined Blood Test Could Cut Possible Heart Attack Admissions By Two-Thirds. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 2018

Reports

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 (2000) Information Technology Management: Small Business Administration Needs Policies and Procedures to Control Key IT Processes. 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
Ndiaye O (2010) The Predictability of the Sahelian Climate: Seasonal Sahel Rainfall and Onset over Senegal. Doctoral dissertation, Columbia 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
Grynbaum MM, Kelly K (2017) Ousted Federal Prosecutor, a Trump Critic, Will Join CNN as an Analyst. New York Times B4

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Stafford 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Lund and Bohlmann 2006; Stafford 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Lund and Bohlmann 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Paragi et al. 2010)

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
Law

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