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
Pollitz, F. F. (2006). Geophysics. A new class of earthquake observations. Science (New York, N.Y.), 313(5787), 619–620.
A journal article with 2 authors
Reysenbach, A.-L., & Shock, E. (2002). Merging genomes with geochemistry in hydrothermal ecosystems. Science (New York, N.Y.), 296(5570), 1077–1082.
A journal article with 3 authors
Schulte, D. M., Burke, R. P., & Lipcius, R. N. (2009). Unprecedented restoration of a native oyster metapopulation. Science (New York, N.Y.), 325(5944), 1124–1128.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Mahon, M. J., Donowitz, M., Yun, C. C., & Segre, G. V. (2002). Na(+)/H(+ ) exchanger regulatory factor 2 directs parathyroid hormone 1 receptor signalling. Nature, 417(6891), 858–861.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bma. (2013). Everyday Medical Ethics and Law. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Cai, X. (2014). Optimal Stochastic Scheduling (X. Wu & X. Zhou, Eds.; Vol. 207). Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Fernández-Caballero, A., & Sokolova, M. V. (2010). Computational Agents in Complex Decision Support Systems. In L. C. Jain & C. P. Lim (Eds.), Handbook on Decision Making: Vol 1: Techniques and Applications (pp. 117–142). 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
Davis, J. (2016, October 5). Endangered Frog May Be Developing Resistance To Deadly Fungus. 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. (2015). Positive Train Control: Additional Oversight Needed As Most Railroads Do Not Expect to Meet 2015 Implementation Deadline (GAO-15-739). 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
Cope, J. A. (2015). Coastal squeeze of vegetation zones in the Los Cerritos Wetlands: The effect of sea level rise [Doctoral dissertation]. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Suleiman, S. R. (2016, October 18). Selected for Death. New York Times, BR20.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Pollitz, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Pollitz, 2006; Reysenbach & Shock, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Reysenbach & Shock, 2002)
  • Three authors: (Schulte et al., 2009)
  • 6 or more authors: (Mahon et al., 2002)

About the journal

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

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