How to format your references using the Psychosocial Intervention citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Psychosocial Intervention. 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
Kerr, R. A. (2000). PLANETARY SCIENCE: Making a Splash With a Hint of Mars Water. Science (New York, N.Y.), 288(5475), 2295–2297.
A journal article with 2 authors
Guillot, C., & Lecuit, T. (2013). Mechanics of epithelial tissue homeostasis and morphogenesis. Science (New York, N.Y.), 340(6137), 1185–1189.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ogata, S., Li, J., & Yip, S. (2002). Ideal pure shear strength of aluminum and copper. Science (New York, N.Y.), 298(5594), 807–811.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Gómez-Gutiérrez, J., Peterson, W. T., De Robertis, A., & Brodeur, R. D. (2003). Mass mortality of krill caused by parasitoid ciliates. Science (New York, N.Y.), 301(5631), 339.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hitz, B., Ewing, J. J., & Hecht, J. (2005). Introduction to Laser Technology. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Erin, L. M., & S, W. M. M. (Eds.). (2015). Fibromyalgia: Clinical Guidelines and Treatments. Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Jia, Y., Özer, M. M., Weitering, H. H., & Zhang, Z. (2011). Quantum Size Effects in the Growth and Properties of Ultrathin Metal Films, Alloys, and Related Low-Dimensional Structures. In M. Michailov (Ed.), Nanophenomena at Surfaces: Fundamentals of Exotic Condensed Matter Properties (pp. 67–112). 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 Psychosocial Intervention.

Blog post
Carpineti, C. (2017, June 6). Watch How These Elephants Respond To A Swarm Of Bees. 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). Federal Communications Commission: Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 1999 (OGC-99-54). 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
Kim, B. G. (2010). Mercury-containing species and carbon dioxide adsorption studies on inorganic compounds using density functional theory [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Arizona.

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
Vecsey, G. (2010, July 10). Stars as Teammates: Not a New Concept. New York Times, D2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kerr, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Guillot & Lecuit, 2013; Kerr, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Guillot & Lecuit, 2013)
  • Three authors: (Ogata et al., 2002)
  • 6 or more authors: (Gómez-Gutiérrez et al., 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titlePsychosocial Intervention
AbbreviationInterv. Psicosoc.
ISSN (print)1132-0559
ScopeApplied Psychology
Developmental and Educational Psychology
Social Psychology

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