How to format your references using the Psychologie française citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Psychologie française. 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
Greenberg, R. A. (2011). Cancer. BRCA1, everything but the RING? Science (New York, N.Y.), 334(6055), 459–460.
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
Hamano, K., Abe, Y., & Genda, H. (2013). Emergence of two types of terrestrial planet on solidification of magma ocean. Nature, 497(7451), 607–610.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Ormö, J., Sturkell, E., Alwmark, C., & Melosh, J. (2014). First known terrestrial impact of a binary asteroid from a main belt breakup event. Scientific Reports, 4, 6724.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Cabaniss, D. L., Cherry, S., Douglas, C. J., Graver, R. L., & Schwartz, A. R. (2013). Psychodynamic Formulation. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Ivancevic, V. G. (2007). Neuro-Fuzzy Associative Machinery for Comprehensive Brain and Cognition Modelling (T. T. Ivancevic, Ed.; Vol. 45). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Zalewski, J. (2013). The Post-Process Era in Composition Studies and the Linguistic Turn of the 20th Century. In D. Gabryś-Barker, E. Piechurska-Kuciel, & J. Zybert (Eds.), Investigations in Teaching and Learning Languages: Studies in Honour of Hanna Komorowska (pp. 51–61). Springer International Publishing.

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 Psychologie française.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2015, October 16). New Genomic Analysis Shakes Up Bird Family Tree. 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. (2009). Responses to Questions for the Record: February 11, 2009, Hearing on the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2009 (GAO-09-467R). 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
Fails, J. A. (2009). Mobile collaboration for young children: Reading and creating stories [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
Walsh, M. W. (2012, November 27). Fierce Debt Puts Pensions at Risk In Puerto Rico. New York Times, A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Greenberg, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Greenberg, 2011; Wuchty & Uetz, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Wuchty & Uetz, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Hamano et al., 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Ormö et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titlePsychologie française
ISSN (print)0033-2984
ScopeGeneral Psychology

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