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
Gabrieli, J. D. E. (2009). Dyslexia: a new synergy between education and cognitive neuroscience. Science (New York, N.Y.), 325(5938), 280–283.
A journal article with 2 authors
Tanaka, H. K. M., & Watanabe, H. (2014). 6Li-loaded directionally sensitive anti-neutrino detector for possible geo-neutrinographic imaging applications. Scientific Reports, 4, 4708.
A journal article with 3 authors
Liu, Q.-S., Pu, L., & Poo, M.-M. (2005). Repeated cocaine exposure in vivo facilitates LTP induction in midbrain dopamine neurons. Nature, 437(7061), 1027–1031.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Scholte, E.-J., Ng’habi, K., Kihonda, J., Takken, W., Paaijmans, K., Abdulla, S., Killeen, G. F., & Knols, B. G. J. (2005). An entomopathogenic fungus for control of adult African malaria mosquitoes. Science (New York, N.Y.), 308(5728), 1641–1642.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Jones, N. F. (2008). The JCT Major Project Form. Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
An edited book
Fischer-Hübner, S., Furnell, S., & Lambrinoudakis, C. (Eds.). (2006). Trust and Privacy in Digital Business: Third International Conference, TrustBus 2006, Kraków, Poland, September 4-8, 2006. Proceedings (Vol. 4083). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Trüper, H. G., & Schleifer, K. H. (2006). Prokaryote Characterization and Identification. In M. Dworkin, S. Falkow, E. Rosenberg, K.-H. Schleifer, & E. Stackebrandt (Eds.), The Prokaryotes: Volume 1: Symbiotic associations, Biotechnology, Applied Microbiology (pp. 58–79). 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
Hamilton, K. (2015, March 1). Amazing Video Of Earth From Space, Set To A Pink Floyd Soundtrack. 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. (1988). Competition in the Airline Computerized Reservation System Industry (T-RCED-88-62). 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
Uzoff, P. P. (2014). Virtual school teacher’s science efficacy beliefs: The effects of community of practice on science-teaching efficacy beliefs [Doctoral dissertation]. Pepperdine 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
Billard, M. (2012, June 21). A Big Push To Get Going. New York Times, E6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gabrieli, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Gabrieli, 2009; Tanaka & Watanabe, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Tanaka & Watanabe, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Liu et al., 2005)
  • 6 or more authors: (Scholte et al., 2005)

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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