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
Sohi, S. P. (2012). Agriculture. Carbon storage with benefits. Science (New York, N.Y.), 338(6110), 1034–1035.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kuo, S. C., & McGrath, J. L. (2000). Steps and fluctuations of Listeria monocytogenes during actin-based motility. Nature, 407(6807), 1026–1029.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hamlin, J. K., Wynn, K., & Bloom, P. (2007). Social evaluation by preverbal infants. Nature, 450(7169), 557–559.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Sharma, R. P., Ogale, S. B., Zhang, Z. H., Liu, J. R., Chu, W. K., Veal, B., Paulikas, A., Zheng, H., & Venkatesan, T. (2000). Phase transitions in the incoherent lattice fluctuations in YBa2Cu3O(7-delta). Nature, 404(6779), 736–740.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bouchet, O. (2012). Wireless Optical Communications. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Ghosh, J. (2010). Silverlight Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach (R. Cameron, Ed.; Second Edition). Apress.
A chapter in an edited book
Clarke, D., Drossopoulou, S., Noble, J., & Wrigstad, T. (2008). Aliasing, Confinement, and Ownership in Object-Oriented Programming. In M. Cebulla (Ed.), Object-Oriented Technology. ECOOP 2007 Workshop Reader: ECOOP 2007 Workshops, Berlin, Germany, July 30-31, 2007, Final Reports (pp. 40–49). Springer.

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
Taub, B. (2016, July 20). Amazing New Map Of Human Brain Identifies Nearly 100 Previously Unknown Cortical Regions. 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. (2006). Space Acquisitions: DOD Needs a Departmentwide Strategy for Pursuing Low-Cost, Responsive Tactical Space Capabilities (GAO-06-449). 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
Harper, T. (2010). Going public, staying private, and everything in between [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Arizona.

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
Cooper, M. (2017, October 12). Venezuela Cancels Another Dudamel Tour. New York Times, C3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Sohi, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Kuo & McGrath, 2000; Sohi, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Kuo & McGrath, 2000)
  • Three authors: (Hamlin et al., 2007)
  • 6 or more authors: (Sharma et al., 2000)

About the journal

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

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