How to format your references using the New Ideas in Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for New Ideas in 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.
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
Wible, B. (2014). Climate policy. IPCC lessons from Berlin. Science (New York, N.Y.), 345(6192), 34.
A journal article with 2 authors
Forget, A. L., & Kowalczykowski, S. C. (2012). Single-molecule imaging of DNA pairing by RecA reveals a three-dimensional homology search. Nature, 482(7385), 423–427.
A journal article with 3 authors
Mahadevan, A., Thomas, L. N., & Tandon, A. (2008). Comment on “Eddy/wind interactions stimulate extraordinary mid-ocean plankton blooms.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 320(5875), 448; author reply 448.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Cohen, J. C., Kiss, R. S., Pertsemlidis, A., Marcel, Y. L., McPherson, R., & Hobbs, H. H. (2004). Multiple rare alleles contribute to low plasma levels of HDL cholesterol. Science (New York, N.Y.), 305(5685), 869–872.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lemberger, P., & Morel, M. (2012). Managing Complexity of Information Systems. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Carachi, R., & Grosfeld, J. L. (Eds.). (2016). The Surgery of Childhood Tumors (3rd ed. 2016). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Salviano, C. F., Alves, A. M., Stefanuto, G. N., Maintinguer, S. T., Mattos, C. V., & Zeitoum, C. (2014). CERTICS - An ISO/IEC 15504 Conformance Model for Software Technological Development and Innovation. In A. Mitasiunas, T. Rout, R. V. O’Connor, & A. Dorling (Eds.), Software Process Improvement and Capability Determination: 14th International Conference, SPICE 2014, Vilnius, Lithuania, November 4-6, 2014, Proceedings (pp. 48–59). 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 New Ideas in Psychology.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, May 19). Scientists Want To Map Your Moggy’s Microbiome. 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. (2014). Explosives Detection Canines: TSA Has Taken Steps to Analyze Canine Team Data and Assess the Effectiveness of Passenger Screening Canines (GAO-14-695T). 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
Rutherford, J. (2010). What is old is new again: The role of discontinuity in nostalgia-related consumption [Doctoral dissertation]. Florida Atlantic 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
Wong, E. (2017, June 2). Can China Lead Way on Climate Change? Domestic Divide Could Make It Difficult. New York Times, A7.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wible, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Forget & Kowalczykowski, 2012; Wible, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Forget & Kowalczykowski, 2012)
  • Three authors: (Mahadevan et al., 2008)
  • 6 or more authors: (Cohen et al., 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleNew Ideas in Psychology
AbbreviationNew Ideas Psychol.
ISSN (print)0732-118X
ScopeGeneral Psychology
Psychology (miscellaneous)

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