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
Cavalleri, A. (2007). Chemistry. All at once. Science (New York, N.Y.), 318(5851), 755–756.
A journal article with 2 authors
Salinga, M., & Wuttig, M. (2011). Applied physics. Phase-change memories on a diet. Science (New York, N.Y.), 332(6029), 543–544.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bintanja, R., van de Wal, R. S. W., & Oerlemans, J. (2005). Modelled atmospheric temperatures and global sea levels over the past million years. Nature, 437(7055), 125–128.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Han, T. A., Pereira, L. M., Santos, F. C., & Lenaerts, T. (2013). Good agreements make good friends. Scientific reports, 3, 2695.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bakus, G. J. (2007). Quantitative Analysis of Marine Biological Communities. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Oestreicher, A., & Hammer, M. (Eds.). (2014). Taxation of Income from Domestic and Cross-border Collective Investment: A Qualitative and Quantitative Comparison. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Nevshupa, R., & Hiratsuka, K. (2015). Triboluminescence. In E. Gnecco & E. Meyer (Eds.), Fundamentals of Friction and Wear on the Nanoscale (pp. 57–77). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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, D. (2016, August 9). Space Submarines Will Allow Us To Explore The Seas Of Icy Moons. 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. (1988). Airport Noise: FAA’s Enforcement of Noise Rules at National Airport (No. RCED-88-117). 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
Trinooson, T. E. (2010). CFD investigations of a round jet with coil insert in crossflow (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
Bartlett, B. (2016, August 12). Don’t Use My Tax Plan. New York Times, p. A19.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Cavalleri 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Cavalleri 2007; Salinga and Wuttig 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Salinga and Wuttig 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Han et al. 2013)

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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