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
Cyranoski, D. (2009). Retracted paper rattles Korean science. Nature, 458(7238), 561.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hagoort, P., & Levelt, W. J. M. (2009). Neuroscience. The speaking brain. Science (New York, N.Y.), 326(5951), 372–373.
A journal article with 3 authors
Pettifer, R. F., Collins, S. P., & Laundy, D. (2008). Quadrupole transitions revealed by Borrmann spectroscopy. Nature, 454(7201), 196–199.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Harris, R. A., Hempel de Ibarra, N., Graham, P., & Collett, T. S. (2005). Ant navigation: priming of visual route memories. Nature, 438(7066), 302.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Brown, D. J. (2005). Cinnolines and Phthalazines: Supplement II. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Inoue, K., Satoh, K., & Toni, F. (Eds.). (2007). Computational Logic in Multi-Agent Systems: 7th International Workshop, CLIMA VII, Hakodate, Japan, May 8-9, 2006, Revised Selected and Invited Papers (Vol. 4371). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Chabowski, B. R., & Hult, G. T. M. (2015). Emerging Directions for International Marketing Research. In C. L. Campbell (Ed.), Marketing in Transition: Scarcity, Globalism, & Sustainability: Proceedings of the 2009 World Marketing Congress (pp. 6–6). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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
Carpineti, A. (2015, October 22). Astronomers Spot A Star Being Ripped Apart By A Black Hole. 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. (1987). The Army’s Risk Assessment of Chemical Munitions Transportation (No. T-NSIAD-88-2). 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
Wilson, M. W. (2012). Angels in Tinseltown: Health insurance, hormone use, and HIV among transgender women in Los Angeles (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Macur, J. (2014, May 16). Afterword. New York Times, p. B10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Cyranoski, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Cyranoski, 2009; Hagoort & Levelt, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Hagoort & Levelt, 2009)
  • Three authors: (Pettifer, Collins, & Laundy, 2008)
  • 6 or more authors: (Harris, Hempel de Ibarra, Graham, & Collett, 2005)

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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