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
Heglund, N. C. (2004). Physiology. Running a-fowl of the law. Science (New York, N.Y.), 303(5654), 47–48.
A journal article with 2 authors
Unniraman, S., & Schatz, D. G. (2007). Strand-biased spreading of mutations during somatic hypermutation. Science (New York, N.Y.), 317(5842), 1227–1230.
A journal article with 3 authors
Fiorin, G., Carnevale, V., & DeGrado, W. F. (2010). Structural biology. The flu’s proton escort. Science (New York, N.Y.), 330(6003), 456–458.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Pironio, S., Acín, A., Massar, S., de la Giroday, A. B., Matsukevich, D. N., Maunz, P., et al. (2010). Random numbers certified by Bell’s theorem. Nature, 464(7291), 1021–1024.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Dant, S. (2016). Losing Eden. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Bulajich Manfrino, R. (2015). Topics in Algebra and Analysis: Preparing for the Mathematical Olympiad. (J. A. Gómez Ortega & R. Valdez Delgado, Eds.). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Mulser, P., & Bauer, D. (2010). The Ponderomotive Force and Nonresonant Effects. In D. Bauer (Ed.), High Power Laser-Matter Interaction (pp. 193–227). Berlin, Heidelberg: 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
Andrew, E. (2014, August 1). Ten Things You Really Should Know About Ebola. 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. (2010). Telecommunications: National Broadband Plan Reflects the Experiences of Leading Countries, but Implementation Will Be Challenging (No. GAO-10-825). 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
Schaper, P. (2010). Meaning making: Learning in whistle blowing (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
James, M. (2016, September 7). Five or Six Things I Didn’t Know About Brad Pitt. New York Times, p. M2128.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Heglund 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Heglund 2004; Unniraman and Schatz 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Unniraman and Schatz 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Pironio et al. 2010)

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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