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
Smaglik, P. (2002). A youthful field. Nature, 419(6908), 3.
A journal article with 2 authors
Rappuoli, R., & Covacci, A. (2003). Reverse vaccinology and genomics. Science (New York, N.Y.), 302(5645), 602.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kuzuyama, T., Noel, J. P., & Richard, S. B. (2005). Structural basis for the promiscuous biosynthetic prenylation of aromatic natural products. Nature, 435(7044), 983–987.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Wu, R., Cui, L., Chen, L., Wang, C., Cao, C., Sheng, G., Yu, H., & Zhao, F. (2013). Effects of bio-Au nanoparticles on electrochemical activity of Shewanella oneidensis wild type and ΔomcA/mtrC mutant. Scientific Reports, 3, 3307.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Harris, C. (2006). Electricity Markets. John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
An edited book
Gutkin, B., & Ahmed, S. H. (Eds.). (2012). Computational Neuroscience of Drug Addiction (1st ed., Vol. 10). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Gestri, M. (2012). EU Disaster Response Law: Principles and Instruments. In A. de Guttry, M. Gestri, & G. Venturini (Eds.), International Disaster Response Law (pp. 105–128). T. M. C. Asser 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
Felton, J. (2017, June 5). Here’s How To Protect Your Privacy Online. 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. (1984). New Directions for Federal Programs To Aid Mathematics and Science Teaching (PEMD-84-5). 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
Bourgault, R. R. (2008). Multi-scale pedologic investigation of manganiferous soils in the Maryland Piedmont [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Maryland, College Park.

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
Hannibal, M. E. (2012, September 29). Why the Beaver Should Thank the Wolf. New York Times, A23.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Smaglik, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Rappuoli & Covacci, 2003; Smaglik, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Rappuoli & Covacci, 2003)
  • Three authors: (Kuzuyama et al., 2005)
  • 6 or more authors: (Wu et al., 2013)

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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