How to format your references using the Review of General Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Review of General 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
Larson, R. G. (2011). Materials science. Predicting the flow of real polymers. Science (New York, N.Y.), 333(6051), 1834–1835.
A journal article with 2 authors
Schacter, D. L., & Addis, D. R. (2007). Constructive memory: the ghosts of past and future. Nature, 445(7123), 27.
A journal article with 3 authors
Jensen, R. B., Carreira, A., & Kowalczykowski, S. C. (2010). Purified human BRCA2 stimulates RAD51-mediated recombination. Nature, 467(7316), 678–683.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Fawcett, P. J., Werne, J. P., Anderson, R. S., Heikoop, J. M., Brown, E. T., Berke, M. A., Smith, S. J., Goff, F., Donohoo-Hurley, L., Cisneros-Dozal, L. M., Schouten, S., Sinninghe Damsté, J. S., Huang, Y., Toney, J., Fessenden, J., WoldeGabriel, G., Atudorei, V., Geissman, J. W., & Allen, C. D. (2011). Extended megadroughts in the southwestern United States during Pleistocene interglacials. Nature, 470(7335), 518–521.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Joseph, C. (2013). Advanced Credit Risk Analysis and Management. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Koutsouris, D.-D., & Lazakidou, A. A. (Eds.). (2014). Concepts and Trends in Healthcare Information Systems (Vol. 16). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Chistyakov, V. V. (2013). Modular Contractions and Their Application. In B. Goldengorin, V. A. Kalyagin, & P. M. Pardalos (Eds.), Models, Algorithms, and Technologies for Network Analysis: Proceedings of the First International Conference on Network Analysis (pp. 65–92). 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 Review of General Psychology.

Blog post
Luntz, S. (2016, July 11). Study Suggests That Humans Are Still Evolving. 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. (1996). Security Weaknesses at IRS’ Cyberfile Data Center (AIMD-96-85R). 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
Yildiz, S. (2015). Performance analysis of space-time trellis coded MIMO-OFDM systems [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
Koblin, J. (2016, August 10). Scripted TV Shows Balloon, but Some Fear a Pop. New York Times, B2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Larson, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Larson, 2011; Schacter & Addis, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Schacter & Addis, 2007)
  • Three authors: (Jensen et al., 2010)
  • 6 or more authors: (Fawcett et al., 2011)

About the journal

Full journal titleReview of General Psychology
AbbreviationRev. Gen. Psychol.
ISSN (print)1089-2680
ISSN (online)1939-1552
ScopeGeneral Psychology

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