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
Allen, R. M. (2012). Geophysics. Transforming earthquake detection? Science (New York, N.Y.), 335(6066), 297–298.
A journal article with 2 authors
Khajetoorians, A. A., & Wiebe, J. (2014). Physics. Hitting the limit of magnetic anisotropy. Science (New York, N.Y.), 344(6187), 976–977.
A journal article with 3 authors
Cronin, T. W., Caldwell, R. L., & Marshall, J. (2001). Sensory adaptation. Tunable colour vision in a mantis shrimp. Nature, 411(6837), 547–548.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Heisenberg, C. P., Tada, M., Rauch, G. J., Saúde, L., Concha, M. L., Geisler, R., Stemple, D. L., Smith, J. C., & Wilson, S. W. (2000). Silberblick/Wnt11 mediates convergent extension movements during zebrafish gastrulation. Nature, 405(6782), 76–81.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
PKF International Ltd. (2017). Wiley IFRS 2017 Interpretation and Application of IFRS Standards. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Barbé, E., Costa, O., & Kissack, R. (Eds.). (2016). EU Policy Responses to a Shifting Multilateral System. Palgrave Macmillan UK.
A chapter in an edited book
Winokur, T. (2005). Molecular Markers in Breast Cancer. In D. C. Chhieng & G. P. Siegal (Eds.), Updates in Diagnostic Pathology (pp. 35–41). Springer US.

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
Hale, T. (2015, October 15). Russia Is Using An Ingenious Method To Stop People Abusing Disabled Parking Spots. 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. (1992). NASA Issues (OCG-93-27TR). 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
Dusso, A. P. (2010). The psychology of institutional development: How parties’ willingness to accept risk affects the districts they draw and the seats they win [Doctoral dissertation]. George Washington 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
Kenigsberg, B. (2017, October 5). Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton. New York Times, C6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Allen, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Allen, 2012; Khajetoorians & Wiebe, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Khajetoorians & Wiebe, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Cronin et al., 2001)
  • 6 or more authors: (Heisenberg et al., 2000)

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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