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
Vinge, V. (2006). 2020 computing: the creativity machine. Nature, 440(7083), 411.
A journal article with 2 authors
Feldmann, M., & Steinman, L. (2005). Design of effective immunotherapy for human autoimmunity. Nature, 435(7042), 612–619.
A journal article with 3 authors
Gilestro, G. F., Tononi, G., & Cirelli, C. (2009). Widespread changes in synaptic markers as a function of sleep and wakefulness in Drosophila. Science (New York, N.Y.), 324(5923), 109–112.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Liu, H., Yu, X., Li, K., Klejnot, J., Yang, H., Lisiero, D., & Lin, C. (2008). Photoexcited CRY2 interacts with CIB1 to regulate transcription and floral initiation in Arabidopsis. Science (New York, N.Y.), 322(5907), 1535–1539.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Blanchet, G., & Charbit, M. (2015). Digital Signal and Image Processing Using MATLAB®. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Bianchini, S. (2011). Nonlinear PDE’s and Applications: C.I.M.E. Summer School, Cetraro, Italy 2008, Editors: Luigi Ambrosio, Giuseppe Savaré. (E. A. Carlen, A. Mielke, & C. Villani, Eds.) (Vol. 2028). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Matias, D., Przeniosło, Ł., Miłosławski, T., Jaskuła, M., Makiewicz, P., Biegun, M., … Podolski, J. (2015). Development of the Mobile PoC Graphene-Based Biosensing Device Using Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS). In Á. Jobbágy (Ed.), First European Biomedical Engineering Conference for Young Investigators: ENCY2015, Budapest, May 28 - 30, 2015 (pp. 20–23). Singapore: 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. (2016, June 21). Fentanyl: Widely Used, Deadly When Abused. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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). P.L. 480 Title I Transportation Issues (No. T-NSIAD-90-8). 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
Gu, J. (2010). Measurement, modeling, and synthesis of time-varying appearance of natural phenomena (Doctoral dissertation). Columbia University, New York, NY.

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
Chira, S. (2016, September 24). Can She Keep You Safe? New York Times, p. SR6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Vinge, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Feldmann & Steinman, 2005; Vinge, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Feldmann & Steinman, 2005)
  • Three authors: (Gilestro, Tononi, & Cirelli, 2009)
  • 6 or more authors: (Liu et al., 2008)

About the journal

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

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