How to format your references using the Nordic Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Nordic 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
Chambers, J. (2014). Planetary science: A chronometer for Earth’s age. Nature, 508(7494), 51–52.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lee, S., & Feldstein, S. B. (2013). Detecting ozone- and greenhouse gas-driven wind trends with observational data. Science (New York, N.Y.), 339(6119), 563–567.
A journal article with 3 authors
Li, J., An, J., & Ting, C. S. (2013). Interaction-induced localization of mobile impurities in ultracold systems. Scientific Reports, 3, 3147.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Elf, J., Nilsson, D., Tenson, T., & Ehrenberg, M. (2003). Selective charging of tRNA isoacceptors explains patterns of codon usage. Science (New York, N.Y.), 300(5626), 1718–1722.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
English, J. F. (2012). The Global Future of English Studies. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Vazquez Alvarez, A. J. (2015). An Introduction to Optimal Satellite Range Scheduling. (R. S. Erwin, Ed.) (Vol. 106). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Turner, J. H., Gelasco, A. K., Ayiku, H. B., Coaxum, S. D., Arthur, J. M., & Garnovskaya, M. N. (2006). 5-HT Receptor Signal Transduction Pathways. In B. L. Roth (Ed.), The Serotonin Receptors: From Molecular Pharmacology to Human Therapeutics (pp. 143–206). Totowa, NJ: Humana Press.

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 Nordic Psychology.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2015, July 16). Binge-Eating Cavefish Could Illuminate Human Obesity. 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). Department of Education Grant Award (No. HRD-93-8R). 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
Anemaet, W. K. (2008). The effects of non -surgical interventions on osteoarthritis-like changes in the mouse knee (Doctoral dissertation). University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

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
Markoff, J. (2017, March 1). Shhh! That Helpful Robot May Pose a Security Risk. New York Times, p. B6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Chambers, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Chambers, 2014; Lee & Feldstein, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Lee & Feldstein, 2013)
  • Three authors: (Li, An, & Ting, 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Elf, Nilsson, Tenson, & Ehrenberg, 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleNordic Psychology
AbbreviationNord. Psychol.
ISSN (print)1901-2276
ISSN (online)1904-0016
ScopeGeneral Psychology

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