How to format your references using the Psychological Services citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Psychological Services. 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
Marquis, R. J. (2004). Ecology. Herbivores rule. Science (New York, N.Y.), 305(5684), 619–621.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wuchty, S., & Uetz, P. (2014). Protein-protein Interaction Networks of E. coli and S. cerevisiae are similar. Scientific Reports, 4, 7187.
A journal article with 3 authors
Barnes, W. L., Dereux, A., & Ebbesen, T. W. (2003). Surface plasmon subwavelength optics. Nature, 424(6950), 824–830.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Ebihara, M., Sekimoto, S., Shirai, N., Hamajima, Y., Yamamoto, M., Kumagai, K., Oura, Y., Ireland, T. R., Kitajima, F., Nagao, K., Nakamura, T., Naraoka, H., Noguchi, T., Okazaki, R., Tsuchiyama, A., Uesugi, M., Yurimoto, H., Zolensky, M. E., Abe, M., … Yada, Y. (2011). Neutron activation analysis of a particle returned from asteroid Itokawa. Science (New York, N.Y.), 333(6046), 1119–1121.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Center for Chemical Process Safety. (1995). Guidelines for Process Safety Documentation. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Zulkhibri, M., Ismail, A. G., & Hidayat, S. E. (Eds.). (2016). Macroprudential Regulation and Policy for the Islamic Financial Industry: Theory and Applications. Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Vanacken, L., Cuppens, E., Clerckx, T., & Coninx, K. (2007). Extending a Dialog Model with Contextual Knowledge. In M. Winckler, H. Johnson, & P. Palanque (Eds.), Task Models and Diagrams for User Interface Design: 6th International Workshop, TAMODIA 2007, Toulouse, France, November 7-9, 2007. Proceedings (pp. 28–41). 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 Psychological Services.

Blog post
Carpineti, A. (2017, May 31). A Giant Ringed Planet Is Likely The Cause Of Mysterious Eclipses. 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. (1987). Representational Funds: State Department Expenditures at Selected Posts (NSIAD-87-73FS). 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
Escobedo, N. L. (2014). A continuing bonds grief support group for Latinas who have lost a child: A grant proposal [Doctoral dissertation]. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Crow, K. (2001, February 11). The Future Comes to a Place That Hasn’t Always Had One. New York Times, 149.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Marquis, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Marquis, 2004; Wuchty & Uetz, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Wuchty & Uetz, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Barnes et al., 2003)
  • 6 or more authors: (Ebihara et al., 2011)

About the journal

Full journal titlePsychological Services
AbbreviationPsychol. Serv.
ISSN (print)1541-1559
ISSN (online)1939-148X
ScopeApplied Psychology
Clinical Psychology

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