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
DiBiase, R. A. (2014). Earth science: River incision revisited. Nature, 505(7483), 294–295.
A journal article with 2 authors
Saul, J., & Vinnik, L. (2003). Earth science: Mantle deformation or processing artefact? Nature, 422(6928), 136; discussion 136.
A journal article with 3 authors
Friedland, J. C., Lee, M. H., & Boettiger, D. (2009). Mechanically activated integrin switch controls alpha5beta1 function. Science (New York, N.Y.), 323(5914), 642–644.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Yamamoto, K., Sakata, Y., Nohara, Y., Takahashi, Y., & Tatsumi, T. (2003). Organic-inorganic hybrid zeolites containing organic frameworks. Science (New York, N.Y.), 300(5618), 470–472.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Mitra, A. (2008). Fundamentals of Quality Control and Improvement. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Hehn, E. (Ed.). (2005). Exchange Traded Funds: Structure, Regulation and Application of a New Fund Class. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Taylor, A. S., & Vincent, J. (2005). An SMS History. In L. Hamill, A. Lasen, & D. Diaper (Eds.), Mobile World: Past, Present and Future (pp. 75–91). London: 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
Luntz, S. (2015, January 21). Mysterious Primordial Shark Caught In Waters Off Australia. 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. (1988). NATO-Warsaw Pact: U.S. and Soviet Perspectives of the Conventional Force Balance (No. NSIAD-89-23A). 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
Mizokami, S. K. (2015). Fall risk factors among cane and walker users and non-users (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Greenhouse, L. (2007, June 26). Vote Against Banner Shows Divide on Speech in Schools. New York Times, p. A18.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (DiBiase, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (DiBiase, 2014; Saul & Vinnik, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Saul & Vinnik, 2003)
  • Three authors: (Friedland, Lee, & Boettiger, 2009)
  • 6 or more authors: (Yamamoto, Sakata, Nohara, Takahashi, & Tatsumi, 2003)

About the journal

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

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