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
Koen, D. (2004). Nuts and bolts. Reference points. Nature, 428(6978), 104.
A journal article with 2 authors
Pitman, N. C. A., & Jørgensen, P. M. (2002). Estimating the size of the world’s threatened flora. Science (New York, N.Y.), 298(5595), 989.
A journal article with 3 authors
Galloway, K. E., Franco, E., & Smolke, C. D. (2013). Dynamically reshaping signaling networks to program cell fate via genetic controllers. Science (New York, N.Y.), 341(6152), 1235005.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Mullighan, C. G., Zhang, J., Kasper, L. H., Lerach, S., Payne-Turner, D., Phillips, L. A., et al. (2011). CREBBP mutations in relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Nature, 471(7337), 235–239.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sue, D. W. (2003). Overcoming Our Racism. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Rennert, P. D. (Ed.). (2016). Novel Immunotherapeutic Approaches to the Treatment of Cancer: Drug Development and Clinical Application. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Cao, F., & Bouthemy, P. (2007). A General Principled Method for Image Similarity Validation. In S. Marchand-Maillet, E. Bruno, A. Nürnberger, & M. Detyniecki (Eds.), Adaptive Multimedia Retrieval: User, Context, and Feedback: 4th International Workshop, AMR 2006, Geneva, Switzerland, July 27-28, 2006, Revised Selected Papers (pp. 57–70). 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 8). Stroke Patients Recovering After Receiving Stem Cell Therapy. 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. (1993). Mass Transit: Federal Participation in Transit Benefit Programs (No. T-RCED-93-72). 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
Luvani, K. D. (2017). AIRtouch: An Intelligent Virtual Keyboard (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
Vecsey, G. (2010, February 11). Half-Century at Daytona, Off the Fourth Turn. New York Times, p. B17.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Koen 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Koen 2004; Pitman and Jørgensen 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Pitman and Jørgensen 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Mullighan et al. 2011)

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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