How to format your references using the Qualitative Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Qualitative Psychology. 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
Abbott, A. (2012). Cognition: The brain’s decline. Nature, 492(7427), S4-5.
A journal article with 2 authors
Dupuy, T. J., & Kraus, A. L. (2013). Distances, luminosities, and temperatures of the coldest known substellar objects. Science (New York, N.Y.), 341(6153), 1492–1495.
A journal article with 3 authors
Meyer zu Heringdorf, F. J., Reuter, M. C., & Tromp, R. M. (2001). Growth dynamics of pentacene thin films. Nature, 412(6846), 517–520.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Hussey, N. E., Abdel-Jawad, M., Carrington, A., Mackenzie, A. P., & Balicas, L. (2003). A coherent three-dimensional Fermi surface in a high-transition-temperature superconductor. Nature, 425(6960), 814–817.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Davies, J. (2010). Implementing SSL/TLS Using Cryptography and PKI. Indianapolis, IN, USA: Wiley Publishing, Inc.
An edited book
Chong, I., & Kawahara, K. (Eds.). (2006). Information Networking. Advances in Data Communications and Wireless Networks: International Conference, ICOIN 2006, Sendai, Japan, January 16-19, 2006, Revised Selected Papers (Vol. 3961). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Cardoso, J. M. P., & Diniz, P. C. (2009). Mapping and Execution Optimizations. In P. C. Diniz (Ed.), Compilation Techniques for Reconfigurable Architectures (pp. 109–154). Boston, MA: Springer US.

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 Qualitative Psychology.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, January 16). Fossilized Plants Describe Evolution of Prehistoric Ecosystems. 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. (2003). No Child Left Behind Act: More Information Would Help States Determine Which Teachers Are Highly Qualified (No. GAO-03-631). 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
Jalali Farahani, B. (2005). Adaptive Digital Calibration Techniques for High Speed, High Resolution Sigma Delta ADCs for Broadband Wireless Applications (Doctoral dissertation). Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

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, March 15). Songs Say What Words Can’t. New York Times, p. C1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Abbott, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Abbott, 2012; Dupuy & Kraus, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Dupuy & Kraus, 2013)
  • Three authors: (Meyer zu Heringdorf, Reuter, & Tromp, 2001)
  • 6 or more authors: (Hussey, Abdel-Jawad, Carrington, Mackenzie, & Balicas, 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleQualitative Psychology
AbbreviationQual. Psychol.
ISSN (print)2326-3598
ISSN (online)2326-3601

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