How to format your references using the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. 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
King, J. S. (2012). Genetic tests: Politics and fetal diagnostics collide. Nature, 491(7422), 33–34.
A journal article with 2 authors
Qaim, M., & Zilberman, D. (2003). Yield effects of genetically modified crops in developing countries. Science (New York, N.Y.), 299(5608), 900–902.
A journal article with 3 authors
Storch, N. I., Anderson, K. R., & Lai, D. (2014). Chaotic dynamics of stellar spin in binaries and the production of misaligned hot Jupiters. Science (New York, N.Y.), 345(6202), 1317–1321.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Kawano, R., Tsuji, Y., Sato, K., Osaki, T., Kamiya, K., Hirano, M., … Takeuchi, S. (2013). Automated parallel recordings of topologically identified single ion channels. Scientific Reports, 3, 1995.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kunz, W. (2016). Species Conservation in Managed Habitats. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Orešič, M., & Vidal-Puig, A. (Eds.). (2014). A Systems Biology Approach to Study Metabolic Syndrome. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Meissner, D. (2013). Instruments to measure Foresight. In D. Meissner, L. Gokhberg, & A. Sokolov (Eds.), Science, Technology and Innovation Policy for the Future: Potentials and Limits of Foresight Studies (pp. 43–62). Berlin, Heidelberg: 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 of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, April 9). Why I Wasn’t Excited About The Medieval Remedy That Works Against MRSA. 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. (1991). FAA Procurement: Major Data-Processing Project Is Now Ready to Proceed (No. IMTEC-91-32). 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
Wall, J. D. (2017). The Effects of Acute L-Dopa on Brux-like and Masticatory Motor Patterns: EMG Phase Analysis in Rats (Doctoral dissertation). Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL.

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
(nyt), S. K. (2005, July 12). World Briefing | Europe: Russia: At Least 20 Killed In Mall Fire. New York Times, p. A12.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (King, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (King, 2012; Qaim & Zilberman, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Qaim & Zilberman, 2003)
  • Three authors: (Storch, Anderson, & Lai, 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Kawano et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titlePsychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts
AbbreviationPsychol. Aesthet. Creat. Arts
ISSN (print)1931-3896
ISSN (online)1931-390X
ScopeVisual Arts and Performing Arts
Applied Psychology
Developmental and Educational Psychology

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