How to format your references using the Journal of Psycholinguistic Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Psycholinguistic Research. 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
Moore, P. (2003). Playing with the pieces. Nature, 426(6967), 725.
A journal article with 2 authors
Spero, H. J., & Lea, D. W. (2002). The cause of carbon isotope minimum events on glacial terminations. Science (New York, N.Y.), 296(5567), 522–525.
A journal article with 3 authors
Armbrecht, I., Perfecto, I., & Vandermeer, J. (2004). Enigmatic biodiversity correlations: ant diversity responds to diverse resources. Science (New York, N.Y.), 304(5668), 284–286.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Chang, P., Fang, Y., Saravanan, R., Ji, L., & Seidel, H. (2006). The cause of the fragile relationship between the Pacific El Niño and the Atlantic Niño. Nature, 443(7109), 324–328.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Tagliamonte, S. A. (2015). Making Waves. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Tseng, V. S., Ho, T. B., Zhou, Z.-H., Chen, A. L. P., & Kao, H.-Y. (Eds.). (2014). Advances in Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining: 18th Pacific-Asia Conference, PAKDD 2014, Tainan, Taiwan, May 13-16, 2014. Proceedings, Part II (Vol. 8444). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Fiorini, S. (2013). Change in Natural Resource Management: An Experiment with “Participatory GIS.” In E. S. Brondízio & E. F. Moran (Eds.), Human-Environment Interactions: Current and Future Directions (pp. 97–112). 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 Psycholinguistic Research.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, February 18). Military Test Amphibious Robot Guard Balls. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 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. (1985). Implementation of Public Law 94-142 as It Relates to Handicapped Delinquents in the District of Columbia (No. GGD-86-4). 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
Hebel, O. (2012). Parental involvement in the individual educational program for Israeli students with disabilities (Doctoral dissertation). University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ.

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
Hodara, S. (2016, March 27). Art in Plain English. New York Times, p. WE9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Moore 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Moore 2003; Spero and Lea 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Spero and Lea 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Chang et al. 2006)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Psycholinguistic Research
AbbreviationJ. Psycholinguist. Res.
ISSN (print)0090-6905
ISSN (online)1573-6555
ScopeLanguage and Linguistics
General Psychology
Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
Linguistics and Language

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