How to format your references using the Mental Health and Physical Activity citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Mental Health and Physical Activity. 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
Braun, J. (2010). Journal club. A geoscientist ponders possible links between erosion and Earth’s climate. Nature, 466(7304), 299.
A journal article with 2 authors
Seder, R. A., & Hill, A. V. (2000). Vaccines against intracellular infections requiring cellular immunity. Nature, 406(6797), 793–798.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wilson, A. M., Watson, J. C., & Lichtwark, G. A. (2003). Biomechanics: A catapult action for rapid limb protraction. Nature, 421(6918), 35–36.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Kofler, N., Collins, J. P., Kuzma, J., Marris, E., Esvelt, K., Nelson, M. P., … Schmitz, O. J. (2018). Editing nature: Local roots of global governance. Science (New York, N.Y.), 362(6414), 527–529.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Fryirs, K. A., & Brierley, G. J. (2012). Geomorphic Analysis of River Systems. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Hunter, W. (2008). Genome Mapping and Genomics in Arthropods. (C. Kole, Ed.) (Vol. 1). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Field, R. (2016). Splitting the World of International Sport: The 1963 Games of the New Emerging Forces and the Politics of Challenging the Global Sport Order. In J. Dart & S. Wagg (Eds.), Sport, Protest and Globalisation: Stopping Play (pp. 77–99). 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 Mental Health and Physical Activity.

Blog post
Luntz, S. (2015, June 2). Koalas Listed As Vulnerable Throughout Queensland. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (1977). Certain Food Aspects of the School Lunch Program in New York City (No. CED-77-89). 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
Pettengill, J. B. (2010). Elucidating the macro- and micro-evolutionary relationships of the federally listed endangered species Agalinis acuta (Orobanchaceae) (Doctoral dissertation). University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD.

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
Baker, L. (2007, June 24). In Tacoma, A Residential Rebirth. New York Times, p. BU15.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (England, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Aebersold, 2003; Turner, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Seder & Hill, 2000)
  • Three authors: (Wilson, Watson, & Lichtwark, 2003)
  • 6 or more authors: (Dai et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleMental Health and Physical Activity
AbbreviationMent. Health Phys. Act.
ISSN (print)1755-2966
ScopePsychiatry and Mental health
Applied Psychology

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