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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Trust Research. 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
Ramsay, H. (2014). Climate science: Shifting storms. Nature, 509(7500), 290–291.
A journal article with 2 authors
Choi, Y. J., & Lee, S. Y. (2013). Microbial production of short-chain alkanes. Nature, 502(7472), 571–574.
A journal article with 3 authors
Jensen, K., Call, J., & Tomasello, M. (2007). Chimpanzees are rational maximizers in an ultimatum game. Science (New York, N.Y.), 318(5847), 107–109.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Shio, M. T., Paquet, M., Martel, C., Bosschaerts, T., Stienstra, S., Olivier, M., & Fortin, A. (2014). Drug delivery by tattooing to treat cutaneous leishmaniasis. Scientific Reports, 4, 4156.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bakker, J., & Clarke, R. J. (2011). Wine Flavour Chemistry. Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Monvel, A. B. de, & Bovier, A. (Eds.). (2009). Spin Glasses: Statics and Dynamics: Summer School, Paris 2007 (Vol. 62). Birkhäuser.
A chapter in an edited book
Deflaux, G., Agagliate, T., Durand, J.-E., & Yamaogo, P. (2014). Computerization of Medical Consultation for Children Under Five Years of Age in Rural Areas of Burkina Faso. In J.-C. Bolay, S. Hostettler, & E. Hazboun (Eds.), Technologies for Sustainable Development: A Way to Reduce Poverty? (pp. 33–42). 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 Trust Research.

Blog post
O`Callaghan, J. (2016, December 12). Japan Launches Spacecraft To Practice Removing Space Junk From Orbit. 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. (1990). Quality Management: Scoping Study (ACG/OPS-91-1). 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
Roche, W. A. (2006). The Structure and Grounding of Epistemic Justification [Doctoral dissertation]. Ohio State 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
Kelly, C. (2008, April 26). For Many, Thrift Shops Are a Wardrobe Essential. New York Times, C6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ramsay, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Choi & Lee, 2013; Ramsay, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Choi & Lee, 2013)
  • Three authors: (Jensen et al., 2007)
  • 6 or more authors: (Shio et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Trust Research
AbbreviationJ. Trust Res.
ISSN (print)2151-5581
ISSN (online)2151-559X

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