How to format your references using the Journal of Research in Personality citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Research in Personality. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
May, P. W. (2008). Materials science. The new diamond age? Science (New York, N.Y.), 319(5869), 1490–1491.
A journal article with 2 authors
Giovanoli, S., & Meyer, U. (2013). Response to comment on “Stress in puberty unmasks latent neuropathological consequences of prenatal immune activation in mice.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 340(6134), 811.
A journal article with 3 authors
Atwood, J. L., Barbour, L. J., & Jerga, A. (2002). Storage of methane and freon by interstitial van der Waals confinement. Science (New York, N.Y.), 296(5577), 2367–2369.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Xia, Z.-P., Sun, L., Chen, X., Pineda, G., Jiang, X., Adhikari, A., Zeng, W., & Chen, Z. J. (2009). Direct activation of protein kinases by unanchored polyubiquitin chains. Nature, 461(7260), 114–119.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sahinoglu, M. (2016). Cyber-Risk Informatics. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Grazier, K. R. (2015). Hollyweird Science: From Quantum Quirks to the Multiverse (S. Cass, Ed.; 1st ed. 2015). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Ganesamoni, R., & Singh, S. K. (2012). Epidemiology of Stone Disease in Northern India. In J. J. Talati, H.-G. Tiselius, D. M. Albala, & Z. Ye (Eds.), Urolithiasis: Basic Science and Clinical Practice (pp. 39–46). 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 Research in Personality.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2014, July 19). Why Smaller Mammals Are More Susceptible To Cancer. IFLScience; IFLScience.


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. (2002). Executive Office of the President: Analysis of Mandated Report on Key Information Technology Areas (GAO-02-779R). 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
McClimon, M. (2016). A transformational approach to jazz harmony [Doctoral dissertation]. Indiana University.

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
Kishkovsky, S. (2007, October 30). Purge Victims Remembered In Moscow Rite. New York Times, A15.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (May, 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Giovanoli & Meyer, 2013; May, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Giovanoli & Meyer, 2013)
  • Three authors: (Atwood et al., 2002)
  • 6 or more authors: (Xia et al., 2009)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Research in Personality
AbbreviationJ. Res. Pers.
ISSN (print)0092-6566
ScopeGeneral Psychology
Social Psychology

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