How to format your references using the Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice. 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
Fujita, T. (2006). Virology. Sensing viral RNA amid your own. Science (New York, N.Y.), 314(5801), 935–936.
A journal article with 2 authors
Zhang, M., & Schekman, R. (2013). Cell biology. Unconventional secretion, unconventional solutions. Science (New York, N.Y.), 340(6132), 559–561.
A journal article with 3 authors
Euston, D. R., Tatsuno, M., & McNaughton, B. L. (2007). Fast-forward playback of recent memory sequences in prefrontal cortex during sleep. Science (New York, N.Y.), 318(5853), 1147–1150.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Ristenpart, W. D., Bird, J. C., Belmonte, A., Dollar, F., & Stone, H. A. (2009). Non-coalescence of oppositely charged drops. Nature, 461(7262), 377–380.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Block, T., Eggert, H., & Kauschke, W. (2013). Lager im Bauwesen. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Nath, V. (2014). Autonomous Robotics and Deep Learning (S. E. Levinson, Ed.). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Dietz, H. P. (2008). The Anterior Compartment. In L. P. J. Hoyte & A. B. Steensma (Eds.), Atlas of Pelvic Floor Ultrasound (pp. 41–62). 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 Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice.

Blog post
Hale, T. (2017, January 11). Russia Might Ban Tobacco For Anyone Born After 2014. 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. (1985). Commercializing Landsat and the Weather Satellites (126473). 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
Reller, T. L. (2010). Exploring differences in teacher attitudes and instructional strategies between traditional and block schedule high schools: A comparison of two small schools [Doctoral dissertation]. Lindenwood University.

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
Poniewozik, J. (2016, December 26). Where Surrealism Makes Life Bearable. 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 (Fujita, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Fujita, 2006; Zhang & Schekman, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Zhang & Schekman, 2013)
  • Three authors: (Euston et al., 2007)
  • 6 or more authors: (Ristenpart et al., 2009)

About the journal

Full journal titlePsychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice
AbbreviationPsychol. Psychother.
ISSN (print)1476-0835
ISSN (online)2044-8341
ScopeArts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
Psychiatry and Mental health
Clinical Psychology
Developmental and Educational Psychology

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