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
Geach, J. E. (2015). Galaxy formation: When the wind blows. Nature, 519(7544), 423–424.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bannard, O. M., & Cyster, J. G. (2012). Immunology. When less signaling is more. Science (New York, N.Y.), 336(6085), 1120–1121.
A journal article with 3 authors
van Den Brink, G. R., de Santa Barbara, P., & Roberts, D. J. (2001). Development. Epithelial cell differentiation--a Mather of choice. Science (New York, N.Y.), 294(5549), 2115–2116.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Ngo, T. T. M., Moufarrej, M. N., Rasmussen, M.-L. H., Camunas-Soler, J., Pan, W., Okamoto, J., … Quake, S. R. (2018). Noninvasive blood tests for fetal development predict gestational age and preterm delivery. Science (New York, N.Y.), 360(6393), 1133–1136.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Perez, A. (2013). Voice Over LTE. Hoboken, NJ USA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Menoni, S., & Margottini, C. (Eds.). (2011). Inside Risk: A Strategy for Sustainable Risk Mitigation. Milano: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Moshkin, M., Novikov, E., & Petrovski, D. (2007). Skimping as an Adaptive Strategy in Social Fossorial Rodents: The Mole Vole (Ellobius talpinus) as an Example. In S. Begall, H. Burda, & C. E. Schleich (Eds.), Subterranean Rodents: News from Underground (pp. 49–60). Berlin, Heidelberg: 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
Davis, J. (2016, June 8). Movements Of The Amazon’s Giant Fish Revealed By Looking In Their Ears. 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. (2007). Hospital Quality Data: HHS Should Specify Steps and Time Frame for Using Information Technology to Collect and Submit Data (No. GAO-07-320). 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
Szurley, J. C. (2010). The use of edge detection techniques to analyze thoracoabdominal movement and infer breathing volume (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Saslow, L. (2006, August 12). On the Home Lawn, Where Alligators Roam. New York Times, p. LI2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Geach, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Geach, 2015, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Bannard & Cyster, 2012)
  • Three authors: (van Den Brink, de Santa Barbara, & Roberts, 2001)
  • 6 or more authors: (Ngo et al., 2018)

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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