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
Vijayan, M. (2001). Obituary. G.N. Ramachandran (1922-2001). Nature, 411(6837), 544.
A journal article with 2 authors
McAdams, H. H., & Shapiro, L. (2003). A bacterial cell-cycle regulatory network operating in time and space. Science (New York, N.Y.), 301(5641), 1874–1877.
A journal article with 3 authors
Powell, A., Shennan, S., & Thomas, M. G. (2009). Late Pleistocene demography and the appearance of modern human behavior. Science (New York, N.Y.), 324(5932), 1298–1301.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Kahneman, D., Krueger, A. B., Schkade, D. A., Schwarz, N., & Stone, A. A. (2004). A survey method for characterizing daily life experience: the day reconstruction method. Science (New York, N.Y.), 306(5702), 1776–1780.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bakshi, A. B., & Prasanna, V. K. (2007). Architecture-Independent Programming for Wireless Sensor Networks. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Michalos, A. C. (Ed.). (2005). Citation Classics from Social Indicators Research: The Most Cited Articles Edited and Introduced by Alex C. Michalos (Vol. 26). Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Shimizu, N., Tatematsu, M., & Kaminishi, M. (2005). Helicobacter pylori and Gastric Carcinoma. In M. Kaminishi, K. Takubo, & K.-I. Mafune (Eds.), The Diversity of Gastric Carcinoma: Pathogenesis, Diagnosis, and Therapy (pp. 75–86). 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 Pratiques psychologiques.

Blog post
Hamilton, K. (2016, December 21). Antimatter Breakthrough Sheds Light On Matter’s Shadowy Twin. 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. (1989). Hazardous Materials: Federal Training for First Responders to Highway and Railroad Incidents (RCED-89-146FS). 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
McIlwain, C. J. (2017). Defense Institutional Building - Integrating the Work [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Maryland, College Park.

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
Dargis, M., & Poniewozik, J. (2017, August 31). Not Exactly Your Simple Sequel. New York Times, C1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Vijayan, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (McAdams & Shapiro, 2003; Vijayan, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (McAdams & Shapiro, 2003)
  • Three authors: (Powell et al., 2009)
  • 6 or more authors: (Kahneman et al., 2004)

About the journal

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

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