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
Mirabel, I. F. (2006). Astronomy. Very energetic gamma-rays from microquasars and binary pulsars. Science (New York, N.Y.), 312(5781), 1759–1760.
A journal article with 2 authors
Dalton, W. S., & Friend, S. H. (2006). Cancer biomarkers--an invitation to the table. Science (New York, N.Y.), 312(5777), 1165–1168.
A journal article with 3 authors
Zhang, Y., Magan, J. J., & Blau, W. J. (2014). A general strategy for hybrid thin film fabrication and transfer onto arbitrary substrates. Scientific Reports, 4, 4822.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Deleris, A., Gallego-Bartolome, J., Bao, J., Kasschau, K. D., Carrington, J. C., & Voinnet, O. (2006). Hierarchical action and inhibition of plant Dicer-like proteins in antiviral defense. Science (New York, N.Y.), 313(5783), 68–71.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Minuth, W. W., Strehl, R., & Schumacher, K. (2005). Tissue Engineering. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Ilaslan, H. (2016). Pediatric and Adult MRI Atlas of Bone Marrow: Normal Appearances, Variants and Diffuse Disease States (M. Sundaram, Ed.). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Féray, V., Méliot, P.-L., & Nikeghbali, A. (2016). Fluctuations in the non-lattice case. In P.-L. Méliot & A. Nikeghbali (Eds.), Mod-ϕ Convergence: Normality Zones and Precise Deviations (pp. 33–50). Springer International Publishing.

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 11). What Is Normal Vaginal Discharge And What’s Not? 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. (1980). DOD Still Needs To Clarify Policies for Performing Research and Development for Other Agencies (PSAD-80-44). 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
Barkley, W. C. (2008). Mars rover - Laser focusing and optimization [Doctoral dissertation]. University of California San Diego.

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
Novick, S. M. (2015, October 18). Prepared Foods With Panache. New York Times, LI9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Mirabel, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Dalton & Friend, 2006; Mirabel, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Dalton & Friend, 2006)
  • Three authors: (Zhang et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Deleris et al., 2006)

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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