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
Smaglik, P. (2003). Rewarding experience. Nature, 425(6960), 879.
A journal article with 2 authors
Burns, J. A., & Cuzzi, J. N. (2006). Planetary science. Our local astrophysical laboratory. Science (New York, N.Y.), 312(5781), 1753–1755.
A journal article with 3 authors
McKinnon, L., Nol, E., & Juillet, C. (2013). Arctic-nesting birds find physiological relief in the face of trophic constraints. Scientific Reports, 3, 1816.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Wang, J. J., Hu, J. M., Yang, T. N., Feng, M., Zhang, J. X., Chen, L. Q., & Nan, C. W. (2014). Effect of strain on voltage-controlled magnetism in BiFeO₃-based heterostructures. Scientific Reports, 4, 4553.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Biswas, S., Ray, P., & Chakrabarti, B. K. (2015). Statistical Physics of Fracture, Breakdown, and Earthquake. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Sichman, J. S., Coelho, H., & Rezende, S. O. (Eds.). (2006). Advances in Artificial Intelligence - IBERAMIA-SBIA 2006: 2nd International Joint Conference, 10th Ibero-American Conference on AI, 18th Brazilian AI Symposium, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil, October 23-27, 2006. Proceedings (Vol. 4140). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Janocha, H. (2008). Piezoelectric Drives. In E. Kallenbach, H.-D. Stölting, & W. Amrhein (Eds.), Handbook of Fractional-Horsepower Drives (pp. 317–345). 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
Evans, K. (2016, October 7). New Summit Announced To Highlight Much-Needed Optimism In Conservation. 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. (2001). Social Security Administration: Information Systems Could Improve Processing Attorney Fee Payments in Disability Program (GAO-01-796). 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
Lucas, W. A. (2017). Dynamics of Food Consumption in a Q’eqchi’ Maya Community [Doctoral dissertation]. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Murphy, M. J. O. (2016, August 5). Looking Back (and Learning From) ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show.’ New York Times, C22.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Smaglik, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Burns & Cuzzi, 2006; Smaglik, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Burns & Cuzzi, 2006)
  • Three authors: (McKinnon et al., 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Wang et al., 2014)

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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