How to format your references using the Pratiques psychologiques citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Pratiques psychologiques. 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
Breaker, R. R. (2008). Complex riboswitches. Science (New York, N.Y.), 319(5871), 1795–1797.
A journal article with 2 authors
Jackson, S. T., & Hobbs, R. J. (2009). Ecological restoration in the light of ecological history. Science (New York, N.Y.), 325(5940), 567–569.
A journal article with 3 authors
Turvey, S. T., Green, O. R., & Holdaway, R. N. (2005). Cortical growth marks reveal extended juvenile development in New Zealand moa. Nature, 435(7044), 940–943.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Jiao, Z., Chen, T., Xiong, J., Wang, T., Lu, G., Ye, J., & Bi, Y. (2013). Visible-light-driven photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic performances of Cr-doped SrTiO3/TiO2 heterostructured nanotube arrays. Scientific Reports, 3, 2720.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Edwards, J. (2004). Telecosmos. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Qiang, W., Zheng, X., & Hsu, C.-H. (Eds.). (2015). Cloud Computing and Big Data: Second International Conference, CloudCom-Asia 2015, Huangshan, China, June 17-19, 2015, Revised Selected Papers (1st ed. 2015, Vol. 9106). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Heinzel, A., & König, U. (2009). Nanotechnology for Fuel Cells. In E. R. Leite (Ed.), Nanostructured Materials for Electrochemical Energy Production and Storage (pp. 151–183). Boston, MA: 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 Pratiques psychologiques.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2013, October 1). “There’s a Problem With My What?”: How Genes Get Their Names. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from“there’s-problem-my-what”-how-genes-get-their-names/


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. (2000). Pipeline Safety: The Office of Pipeline Safety Is Changing How It Oversees the Pipeline Industry (No. RCED-00-128). 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
Bockler, T. (2014). Legal advocacy program for low-income children with disabilities: A grant proposal (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
Corkery, M. (2017, August 8). Uneven Gains For Graduates Of Walmart U. New York Times, p. A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Breaker, 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Breaker, 2008; Jackson & Hobbs, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Jackson & Hobbs, 2009)
  • Three authors: (Turvey, Green, & Holdaway, 2005)
  • 6 or more authors: (Jiao et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titlePratiques psychologiques
ISSN (print)1269-1763
ScopeGeneral Psychology

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