How to format your references using the Personality and Individual Differences citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Personality and Individual Differences. 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
Keller, P. J. (2013). Imaging morphogenesis: technological advances and biological insights. Science (New York, N.Y.), 340(6137), 1234168.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sugavaneshwar, R. P., & Nanda, K. K. (2013). Uninterrupted and reusable source for the controlled growth of nanowires. Scientific Reports, 3, 1172.
A journal article with 3 authors
Cowen, R. K., Paris, C. B., & Srinivasan, A. (2006). Scaling of connectivity in marine populations. Science (New York, N.Y.), 311(5760), 522–527.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Li, Q., Zhang, D., Wang, Y., Sun, P., Hou, X., Larner, J., Xiong, W., & Mi, J. (2013). MiR-21/Smad 7 signaling determines TGF-β1-induced CAF formation. Scientific Reports, 3, 2038.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rubin, A. B. (2014). Fundamentals of Biophysics. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Avison, D., Elliot, S., Krogstie, J., & Pries-Heje, J. (Eds.). (2006). The Past and Future of Information Systems: 1976–2006 and Beyond: IFIP 19th World Computer Congress, TC-8, Information System Stream, August 21–23, 2006, Santiago, Chile (Vol. 214). Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Brambilla, M., Ceri, S., Valle, E. D., Facca, F. M., & Tziviskou, C. (2009). A Software Engineering Approach based on WebML and BPMN to the Mediation Scenario of the SWS Challenge. In C. Petrie, T. Margaria, H. Lausen, & M. Zaremba (Eds.), Semantic Web Services Challenge: Results from the First Year (pp. 51–70). Springer US.

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 Personality and Individual Differences.

Blog post
Andrews, R. (2016, August 3). Dinosaurs Saw The World In Shades Of Red. 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. (2005). Federal Research: Observations on the Small Business Innovation Research Program (GAO-05-861T). 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
Osterhout, H. L. (2010). No More “Mad Money”: Salvaging the Commander’s Emergency Response Program [Doctoral dissertation]. George Washington 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
Branch, J. (2017, March 17). The Science Behind the Squeak. New York Times, D1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Keller, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Keller, 2013; Sugavaneshwar & Nanda, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Sugavaneshwar & Nanda, 2013)
  • Three authors: (Cowen et al., 2006)
  • 6 or more authors: (Li et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titlePersonality and Individual Differences
AbbreviationPers. Individ. Dif.
ISSN (print)0191-8869
ScopeGeneral Psychology

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