How to format your references using the Psychology, Crime & Law citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Psychology, Crime & Law. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Eisenstein, M. (2014). Clinical trials: More trials, fewer tribulations. Nature, 509(7502), S55-7.
A journal article with 2 authors
Menon, A. K., & Levine, T. P. (2015). Cell biology: Countercurrents in lipid flow. Nature, 525(7568), 191–192.
A journal article with 3 authors
Volpe, G., Volpe, G., & Gigan, S. (2014). Brownian motion in a speckle light field: tunable anomalous diffusion and selective optical manipulation. Scientific Reports, 4, 3936.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Piro, N. A., Figueroa, J. S., McKellar, J. T., & Cummins, C. C. (2006). Triple-bond reactivity of diphosphorus molecules. Science (New York, N.Y.), 313(5791), 1276–1279.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Fisher, R. B., Breckon, T. P., Dawson-Howe, K., Fitzgibbon, A., Robertson, C., Trucco, E., & Williams, C. K. I. (2016). Dictionary of Computer Vision and Image Processing. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Barbancho, A. M. (2013). Database of Piano Chords: An Engineering View of Harmony (I. Barbancho, L. J. Tardón, & E. Molina, Eds.). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Levy, L. C., & Siegel, C. A. (2011). State of the Art Medical Treatment of the Adult Patient with IBD: The Mesalamine-Based Therapies. In R. D. Cohen (Ed.), Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Diagnosis and Therapeutics (pp. 59–71). Humana Press.

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, Crime & Law.

Blog post
Carpineti, A. (2016, October 26). Saturn Hexagonal Storm Changes Color. 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. (1999). Air Traffic Control: FAA’s Modernization Investment Management Approach Could Be Strengthened (RCED/AIMD-99-88). 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
Winkelhake, B. (2015). Verbal argumentativeness: A study of retail store managers [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Phoenix.

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
Brantley, B. (2017, January 6). Into a World of Fantasy, Where the Sorcerers Take Center Stage. New York Times, C8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Eisenstein, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Eisenstein, 2014; Menon & Levine, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Menon & Levine, 2015)
  • Three authors: (Volpe et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Piro et al., 2006)

About the journal

Full journal titlePsychology, Crime & Law
AbbreviationPsychol. Crime Law
ISSN (print)1068-316X
ISSN (online)1477-2744
ScopePathology and Forensic Medicine
General Psychology

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