How to format your references using the Psychology & Sexuality citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Psychology & Sexuality. 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
Frimmel, H. E. (2002). Geology. Genesis of the world’s largest gold deposits. Science (New York, N.Y.), 297(5588), 1815–1817.
A journal article with 2 authors
Liberles, S. D., & Buck, L. B. (2006). A second class of chemosensory receptors in the olfactory epithelium. Nature, 442(7103), 645–650.
A journal article with 3 authors
Dawkins, M. S., Donnelly, C. A., & Jones, T. A. (2004). Chicken welfare is influenced more by housing conditions than by stocking density. Nature, 427(6972), 342–344.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Orvedahl, A., Sumpter, R., Jr, Xiao, G., Ng, A., Zou, Z., Tang, Y., Narimatsu, M., Gilpin, C., Sun, Q., Roth, M., Forst, C. V., Wrana, J. L., Zhang, Y. E., Luby-Phelps, K., Xavier, R. J., Xie, Y., & Levine, B. (2011). Image-based genome-wide siRNA screen identifies selective autophagy factors. Nature, 480(7375), 113–117.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Brown, M. A., & Kaplan, L. (2012). The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse as a Prescriber. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Clark, J. E. (Ed.). (2016). Albert Cleage Jr. and the Black Madonna and Child. Palgrave Macmillan US.
A chapter in an edited book
Brunner, R. D., & Lynch, A. H. (2010). Reframing the Context. In A. H. Lynch (Ed.), Adaptive Governance and Climate Change (pp. 261–315). American Meteorological Society.

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 & Sexuality.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, July 13). Pluto And Its Collision-Course Place In Our Solar System. 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. (1978). Computer Misuse by the Sigma Corporation, a NASA Contractor (PSAD-78-148). 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
Sewell, A. (2013). A typology of sampling in hip-hop [Doctoral dissertation]. Indiana 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
Stewart, J. B. (2016, October 20). More College Rankings, More Confusing Results. New York Times, B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Frimmel, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Frimmel, 2002; Liberles & Buck, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Liberles & Buck, 2006)
  • Three authors: (Dawkins et al., 2004)
  • 6 or more authors: (Orvedahl et al., 2011)

About the journal

Full journal titlePsychology & Sexuality
AbbreviationPsychol. Sex.
ISSN (print)1941-9899
ISSN (online)1941-9902
ScopeApplied Psychology
Social Psychology
Health(social science)
Gender Studies

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