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
Hormoz, S. (2013). Amino acid composition of proteins reduces deleterious impact of mutations. Scientific Reports, 3, 2919.
A journal article with 2 authors
Segers, V. F. M., & Lee, R. T. (2008). Stem-cell therapy for cardiac disease. Nature, 451(7181), 937–942.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lovejoy, C. O., Heiple, K. G., & Meindl, R. S. (2001). Palaeoanthropology: Did our ancestors knuckle-walk? Nature, 410(6826), 325–326.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Fischer-Friedrich, E., Hyman, A. A., Jülicher, F., Müller, D. J., & Helenius, J. (2014). Quantification of surface tension and internal pressure generated by single mitotic cells. Scientific Reports, 4, 6213.

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. (2007). Guidelines for Safe and Reliable Instrumented Protective Systems. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Sampaolesi, R. (2009). The Glaucomas: Volume I - Pediatric Glaucomas (J. R. Sampaolesi & J. Zárate, Eds.). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Adeli, A., Sinaee, M., Zomorodian, M. J., & Hamzeh, A. (2013). Harmony-Based Feature Weighting to Improve the Nearest Neighbor Classification. In N. Meghanathan, D. Nagamalai, & N. Chaki (Eds.), Advances in Computing and Information Technology: Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Advances in Computing and Information Technology (ACITY) July 13-15, 2012, Chennai, India - Volume 2 (pp. 27–36). 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 Psychologie française.

Blog post
Hamilton, K. (2017, April 3). Mosquitos Captured In High-Speed Reveal Flight Unlike Any Other Insect. 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). National Airspace System: FAA Reauthorization Issues are Critical to System Transformation and Operations (GAO-09-377T). 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
Luna, D. (2014). Preventing obesity among foster youth through nutrition and outdoor activities: 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
Barron, J. (2017, April 12). Mystery of the Hamilton Painting at City Hall: Lost, Stolen or Never There? New York Times, A19.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hormoz, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Hormoz, 2013; Segers & Lee, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Segers & Lee, 2008)
  • Three authors: (Lovejoy et al., 2001)
  • 6 or more authors: (Fischer-Friedrich et al., 2014)

About the journal

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

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