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
East, R. (2013). Microbiome: Soil science comes to life. Nature, 501(7468), S18-9.
A journal article with 2 authors
Moore, M. J., & Early, G. A. (2004). Cumulative sperm whale bone damage and the bends. Science (New York, N.Y.), 306(5705), 2215.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ribeiro, B., Perra, N., & Baronchelli, A. (2013). Quantifying the effect of temporal resolution on time-varying networks. Scientific reports, 3, 3006.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Morris, R. V., Ruff, S. W., Gellert, R., Ming, D. W., Arvidson, R. E., Clark, B. C., et al. (2010). Identification of carbonate-rich outcrops on Mars by the Spirit rover. Science (New York, N.Y.), 329(5990), 421–424.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Fredriksson, H., & Åkerlind, U. (2012). Solidification and Crystallization Processing in Metals and Alloys. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Koutsouris, D.-D., & Lazakidou, A. A. (Eds.). (2014). Concepts and Trends in Healthcare Information Systems (Vol. 16). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Geršl, A., & Jakubík, P. (2016). Relationship Lending in Emerging Markets: Evidence from the Czech Republic. In J. C. Brada & P. Wachtel (Eds.), Global Banking Crises and Emerging Markets (pp. 75–97). London: Palgrave Macmillan UK.

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
Hale, T. (2016, June 21). Mountain Biker Crashes Into A Bear While Cycling In California. 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. (1995). Aviation Safety: FAA Can Be More Proactive in Promoting Aviation Safety (No. T-RCED-95-81). 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
Cao, L. (2015). A Field-Scale Simulation of the Reversible Nanoparticle Adsorption for Enhancing Oil Recovery Using Hydrophilic Nanofluids (Doctoral dissertation). University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA.

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
Delreal, J. A., & Bromwich, J. E. (2017, October 2). Suspect, an Unmoored Retiree, Kept Quiet and Gambled Often. 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 (East 2013).
This sentence cites two references (East 2013; Moore and Early 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Moore and Early 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Morris 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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