How to format your references using the Rehabilitation Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Rehabilitation 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
Fisman, R. (2014). Health care policy. Straining emergency rooms by expanding health insurance. Science (New York, N.Y.), 343(6168), 252–253.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lionetti, D., & Agapie, T. (2014). Inorganic chemistry: How calcium affects oxygen formation. Nature, 513(7519), 495–496.
A journal article with 3 authors
Cram, D. S., Song, B., & Trounson, A. O. (2007). Genotyping of Rhesus SCNT pluripotent stem cell lines. Nature, 450(7169), E12-4.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Park, S., Clark, B. L., Keszler, D. A., Bender, J. P., Wager, J. F., Reynolds, T. A., & Herman, G. S. (2002). Low-temperature thin-film deposition and crystallization. Science (New York, N.Y.), 297(5578), 65.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Adamczyk, B. (2017). Foundations of Electromagnetic Compatibility. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Schwenker, B. (2007). Making Growth Work: How Companies Can Expand and Become More Efficient (S. Bötzel, Ed.). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Mathis, G., Beckh, S., & Görg, C. (2011). Lung Consolidation. In G. Mathis (Ed.), Chest Sonography (pp. 55–114). 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 Rehabilitation Psychology.

Blog post
Hale, T. (2017, January 3). World’s First Supersized Manned Mech Takes Its First Steps. 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. (1989). Air Traffic Control: FAA’s Implementation of Modernization Projects in the Field (RCED-89-92). 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
Hsu, Y.-T. (2017). Input and Uptake in High School EFL Students’ Multiple-Draft Writing Process: A Case Study of a Taiwanese High School EFL Classroom [Doctoral dissertation]. Indiana 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
Philadelphia, C. W., April 28-A single goal scored with their goaltender sprawled on his back ended the Islanders’ season tonight., Special to the New York Times In the type of grind-it-out hockey that was the trademark of the Islanders’ dynasty, The Philadelphia Flyers Defeated, 1-, captured the Patrick division title by taking the four-of-seven playoff series four games to one. The Flyers will now advance to the semifinal round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens or Quebec Nordiques., Islanders, T., for the first time in seven years, have been dismissed before the semifinal round has begun. ’ ’There is no justifying losing, ’ ’ said Bryan Trottier. ’ ’It doesn’t help to think about what we’ve accomplished. You live in the present, we’re losers now.’’ ’ ’To beat the Islanders is an honor, ’ ’ said the Flyer defensman Brad Marsh. Ilkka Sinisalo, Wing, a. L., scored the night’s only goal 6 minutes 43 seconds into the second period, a split second after Philadelphia’s Peter Zezel skated into the Islanders’ goalie, Hrudey, K., Sent Him Sprawling After, Defenseman, an I., Van Hellemond that Murray Craven of the Flyers had skated offsides, H. B. D. P. I. in V. T. I. A. W. R. A., … Shots, T. A. 25. (1985, April 29). FLYERS ELIMINATE ISLANDERS, 1-0, ON SINISALO’S GOAL. New York Times, C1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Fisman, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Fisman, 2014; Lionetti & Agapie, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Lionetti & Agapie, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Cram et al., 2007)
  • 6 or more authors: (Park et al., 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleRehabilitation Psychology
AbbreviationRehabil. Psychol.
ISSN (print)0090-5550
ISSN (online)1939-1544
ScopePsychiatry and Mental health
Clinical Psychology
Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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