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
Zimmer, C. (2000). EVOLUTION: Parasites Make Scaredy-Rats Foolhardy. Science (New York, N.Y.), 289(5479), 525b–7b.
A journal article with 2 authors
Jenet, F. A., & Ransom, S. M. (2004). The geometry of the double-pulsar system J0737-3039 from systematic intensity variations. Nature, 428(6986), 919–921.
A journal article with 3 authors
Li, Z.-Z., Zhang, F.-C., & Wang, Q.-H. (2014). Majorana modes in a topological insulator/s-wave superconductor heterostructure. Scientific reports, 4, 6363.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Melosh, N. A., Boukai, A., Diana, F., Gerardot, B., Badolato, A., Petroff, P. M., & Heath, J. R. (2003). Ultrahigh-density nanowire lattices and circuits. Science (New York, N.Y.), 300(5616), 112–115.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Chen, C. J. (2011). Physics of Solar Energy. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Cohen, H., & O’Brien, P. (Eds.). (2015). Disorders of Thrombosis and Hemostasis in Pregnancy: A Guide to Management (2nd ed. 2015.). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Mazurek, K. (2015). Transformation of the Structure of the River Catchment Landscape Located in the Area of Intensive Coal Exploitation. In M. Luc, U. Somorowska, & J. B. Szmańda (Eds.), Landscape Analysis and Planning: Geographical Perspectives (pp. 81–90). 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 Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, June 1). Scientists Create 3D, High-Capacity Soft Batteries Using Trees. 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. (1991). Army Maintenance: More Effective Implementation of Maintenance Expenditure Limits Needed (No. NSIAD-91-270). 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
Smith, T. (2012). Outsider leadership transitions: A phenomenological study of Army Reserve General Officers (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
Billard, M. (2014, April 13). Sunsets and Pink Dolphins Along the Amazon. New York Times, p. TR12.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Zimmer 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Jenet and Ransom 2004; Zimmer 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Jenet and Ransom 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Melosh et al. 2003)

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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