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
Graeber, M. B. (2010). Changing face of microglia. Science (New York, N.Y.), 330(6005), 783–788.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hochedlinger, K., & Jaenisch, R. (2002). Monoclonal mice generated by nuclear transfer from mature B and T donor cells. Nature, 415(6875), 1035–1038.
A journal article with 3 authors
Atallah, B. V., Scanziani, M., & Carandini, M. (2014). Atallah et al. reply. Nature, 508(7494), E3.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Nagamune, K., Hicks, L. M., Fux, B., Brossier, F., Chini, E. N., & Sibley, L. D. (2008). Abscisic acid controls calcium-dependent egress and development in Toxoplasma gondii. Nature, 451(7175), 207–210.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Clayton, L. A. (2010). Bartolomé de las Casas and the Conquest of the Americas. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Oswald, E., & Fischlin, M. (Eds.). (2015). Advances in Cryptology - EUROCRYPT 2015: 34th Annual International Conference on the Theory and Applications of Cryptographic Techniques, Sofia, Bulgaria, April 26-30, 2015, Proceedings, Part II (Vol. 9057). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
McKay, C. P. (2010). Disorders of Calcium Metabolism. In L. G. Feld & F. J. Kaskel (Eds.), Fluid and Electrolytes in Pediatrics: A Comprehensive Handbook (pp. 105–147). Totowa, NJ: Humana Press.

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
Andrew, D. (2016, October 10). Don’t Shoot The Messenger: How RNA Could Keep Us Young. 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. (1988). Use of Information Technology in Hospitals (No. T-IMTEC-88-4). 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
Joseph, S. (2009). A comprehensive evaluation of a school system’s grow your own principal preparation program (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Quain, J. R. (2017, May 4). A Turning Point For Plug-In Hybrids. New York Times, p. B4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Graeber, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Graeber, 2010; Hochedlinger & Jaenisch, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Hochedlinger & Jaenisch, 2002)
  • Three authors: (Atallah, Scanziani, & Carandini, 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Nagamune et al., 2008)

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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