How to format your references using the Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment. 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
Raffaelli, D. (2002). Ecology. From Elton to mathematics and back again. Science (New York, N.Y.), 296(5570), 1035–1037.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ricardo, S., & Lehmann, R. (2009). An ABC transporter controls export of a Drosophila germ cell attractant. Science (New York, N.Y.), 323(5916), 943–946.
A journal article with 3 authors
Esposito, M. S., Capelli, P., & Arber, S. (2014). Brainstem nucleus MdV mediates skilled forelimb motor tasks. Nature, 508(7496), 351–356.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Dennis, M. S., Eigenbrot, C., Skelton, N. J., Ultsch, M. H., Santell, L., Dwyer, M. A., et al. (2000). Peptide exosite inhibitors of factor VIIa as anticoagulants. Nature, 404(6777), 465–470.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Leuf, B. (2006). The Semantic Web. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Lambers, H., & Ribas-Carbo, M. (Eds.). (2005). Plant Respiration: From Cell to Ecosystem (Vol. 18). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Dincer, I., & Joshi, A. S. (2013). Solar Hydrogen Production. In A. S. Joshi (Ed.), Solar Based Hydrogen Production Systems (pp. 27–71). New York, NY: Springer.

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 Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment.

Blog post
Taub, B. (2016, August 8). Ancient Maya Hieroglyphs Reveal The Dramatic History Of The Mysterious Snake-Head Dynasty. 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. (1999). Federal Communications Commission: Review of the Commission’s Regulations Governing Attribution Ownership Rule (No. OGC-00-1). 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
Durak, D. (2016). Improving forecasting accuracy of electric switch demand using artificial neural network and aggregate customer clustering techniques (Doctoral dissertation). Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL.

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
Berendt, J., & Kanter, J. (2017, March 8). In Personal Feud, Poland Opposes Ex-Premier’s 2nd Term on E.U. Council. New York Times, p. A6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Raffaelli 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Raffaelli 2002; Ricardo and Lehmann 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Ricardo and Lehmann 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Dennis et al. 2000)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment
AbbreviationJ. Psychopathol. Behav. Assess.
ISSN (print)0882-2689
ISSN (online)1573-3505
ScopeClinical Psychology

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