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
Schreiber, S. J. (2011). Ecology. Mathematical Dances with wolves. Science (New York, N.Y.), 334(6060), 1214–1215.
A journal article with 2 authors
Link, C. D., & Saldi, T. K. (2012). Development. Cell death by glutamine repeats? Science (New York, N.Y.), 335(6071), 926–927.
A journal article with 3 authors
Gu, C., Jan, Y. N., & Jan, L. Y. (2003). A conserved domain in axonal targeting of Kv1 (Shaker) voltage-gated potassium channels. Science (New York, N.Y.), 301(5633), 646–649.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Case, R. B., Chang, Y.-P., Smith, S. B., Gore, J., Cozzarelli, N. R., & Bustamante, C. (2004). The bacterial condensin MukBEF compacts DNA into a repetitive, stable structure. Science (New York, N.Y.), 305(5681), 222–227.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bécherrawy, T. (2012). Mechanical and Electromagnetic Vibrations and Waves. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Rajendram, R., Preedy, V. R., & Patel, V. B. (Eds.). (2015). Branched Chain Amino Acids in Clinical Nutrition: Volume 1. New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Huseynova, S. A., Mahmudov, H., & Mustafayev, I. I. (2013). Photolysis of Hydrogen Sulfide in Gas Mixtures. In A. Veziroğlu & M. Tsitskishvili (Eds.), Black Sea Energy Resource Development and Hydrogen Energy Problems (pp. 37–46). Dordrecht: 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
Andrew, E. (2015, August 17). America’s Most Lethal Animal. 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. (1992). Tax Systems Modernization: Factors Critical to Success (No. T-IMTEC-92-10). 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
Malherek, M. N. (2016). The Prevalence and Predictors of Parental Corporal Punishment in the United States (Doctoral dissertation). Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL.

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
Hartocollis, A. (2015, June 17). New Girl in School: Transgender Surgery at 18. New York Times, p. A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Schreiber, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Link & Saldi, 2012; Schreiber, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Link & Saldi, 2012)
  • Three authors: (Gu, Jan, & Jan, 2003)
  • 6 or more authors: (Case et al., 2004)

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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