How to format your references using the Military Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Military 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
Baltimore, D. (2012). Retrospective. Renato Dulbecco (1914-2012). Science (New York, N.Y.), 335(6076), 1587.
A journal article with 2 authors
Murray, A. W., & Marks, D. (2001). Can sequencing shed light on cell cycling? Nature, 409(6822), 844–846.
A journal article with 3 authors
Daigaku, Y., Davies, A. A., & Ulrich, H. D. (2010). Ubiquitin-dependent DNA damage bypass is separable from genome replication. Nature, 465(7300), 951–955.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Rouzi, A. A., Almansouri, N., Sahly, N., Alsenani, N., Abed, H., Darhouse, K., & Bondagji, N. (2014). Efficacy of intra-cervical misoprostol in the management of early pregnancy failure. Scientific Reports, 4, 7182.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Muccini, M., & Toffanin, S. (2016). Organic Light-Emitting Transistors. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Vastola, A. (Ed.). (2015). The Sustainability of Agro-Food and Natural Resource Systems in the Mediterranean Basin. Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Brändas, E. J. (2009). The Equivalence Principle from a Quantum Mechanical Perspective. In P. Piecuch, J. Maruani, G. Delgado-Barrio, & S. Wilson (Eds.), Advances in the Theory of Atomic and Molecular Systems: Conceptual and Computational Advances in Quantum Chemistry (pp. 73–92). Springer Netherlands.

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 Military Psychology.

Blog post
Luntz, S. (2015, January 15). Sea Level Rise Has Been Miscalculated. 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. (1989). Commercial Fishing Vessel: Administration of the Colintino Rose II Loan Guarantee (RCED-89-105). 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
Obi, C. N. (2012). Evaluation of feeding varying levels of digestible lysine on broiler breeder male reproductive characteristics and body weight changes [Doctoral dissertation]. Mississippi 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
Sisario, B. (2017, July 3). DJ Khaled Hits Top Of Billboard Chart. New York Times, C2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Baltimore, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Baltimore, 2012; Murray & Marks, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Murray & Marks, 2001)
  • Three authors: (Daigaku et al., 2010)
  • 6 or more authors: (Rouzi et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleMilitary Psychology
AbbreviationMil. Psychol.
ISSN (print)0899-5605
ISSN (online)1532-7876
ScopeGeneral Psychology
Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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