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
Clapham, D. E. (2002). Signal transduction. Hot and cold TRP ion channels. Science (New York, N.Y.), 295(5563), 2228–2229.
A journal article with 2 authors
Duan, H., & Sun, C. (2014). Swarm intelligence inspired shills and the evolution of cooperation. Scientific reports, 4, 5210.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kulathinal, R. J., Bettencourt, B. R., & Hartl, D. L. (2004). Compensated deleterious mutations in insect genomes. Science (New York, N.Y.), 306(5701), 1553–1554.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Hoeijmakers, H. J., Ehrenreich, D., Heng, K., Kitzmann, D., Grimm, S. L., Allart, R., et al. (2018). Atomic iron and titanium in the atmosphere of the exoplanet KELT-9b. Nature, 560(7719), 453–455.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kassapoglou, C. (2015). Modeling the Effect of Damage in Composite Structures. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Razdan, S. (Ed.). (2016). Urinary Continence and Sexual Function After Robotic Radical Prostatectomy. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Sodnik, J., & Tomažič, S. (2015). Spatial Auditory Interfaces. In S. Tomažič (Ed.), Spatial Auditory Human-Computer Interfaces (pp. 45–79). 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
Davis, J. (2015, July 30). Researchers Develop An Experimental MERS Vaccine. 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. (2017). School Bus Safety: Crash Data Trends and Federal and State Requirements (No. GAO-17-209). 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
Robertson, M. (2013). Respite efficacy for parents of adults with intellectual disabilities: An ethnographic perspective (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
Mazzetti, M., Hubbard, B., & Rosenberg, M. (2016, October 14). Yemenis View Strikes as Proof of Role of U.S. New York Times, p. A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Clapham 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Clapham 2002; Duan and Sun 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Duan and Sun 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Hoeijmakers et al. 2018)

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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