How to format your references using the Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology. 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
Wadman, M. (2015). Treatment: When less is more. Nature, 528(7582), S126-7.
A journal article with 2 authors
Day, J., & Beamish, J. (2007). Low-temperature shear modulus changes in solid 4He and connection to supersolidity. Nature, 450(7171), 853–856.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kirichok, Y., Krapivinsky, G., & Clapham, D. E. (2004). The mitochondrial calcium uniporter is a highly selective ion channel. Nature, 427(6972), 360–364.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Waltereit, P., Brandt, O., Trampert, A., Grahn, H. T., Menniger, J., Ramsteiner, M., Reiche, M., & Ploog, K. H. (2000). Nitride semiconductors free of electrostatic fields for efficient white light-emitting diodes. Nature, 406(6798), 865–868.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Carroll, N. (2013). Minerva’s Night Out. A John Wiley & Sons.
An edited book
Dale, C., & Anderson, T. (Eds.). (2010). Making Systems Safer: Proceedings of the Eighteenth Safety-Critical Systems Symposium, Bristol, UK, 9-11th February 2010. Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Athique, A. (2016). Post-industrial Development and the New Leisure Economy. In S. Venkateswar & S. Bandyopadhyay (Eds.), Globalisation and the Challenges of Development in Contemporary India (pp. 61–76). 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 Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology.

Blog post
Hale, T. (2016, July 7). A Step By Step Guide On How To Remove Your Online Presence. 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. (1987). Education Information: Changes in Funds and Priorities Have Affected Production and Quality (PEMD-88-4). 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
Mikhailik, Y. (2013). Longing Limned [Doctoral dissertation]. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Novick, S. M. (2015, March 29). When the Brew Is as Crucial as the Bean. New York Times, LI8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wadman, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Day & Beamish, 2007; Wadman, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Day & Beamish, 2007)
  • Three authors: (Kirichok et al., 2004)
  • 6 or more authors: (Waltereit et al., 2000)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology
AbbreviationJ. Theor. Philos. Psychol.
ISSN (print)1068-8471
ISSN (online)2151-3341
General Psychology

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