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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Review of Philosophy and 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
Liljas, Anders. 2009. Biochemistry. Leaps in translational elongation. Science (New York, N.Y.) 326: 677–678.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kaproth, Bryan M., and C. Marone. 2013. Slow earthquakes, preseismic velocity changes, and the origin of slow frictional stick-slip. Science (New York, N.Y.) 341: 1229–1232.
A journal article with 3 authors
Martinez-Perez, E., P. Shaw, and G. Moore. 2001. The Ph1 locus is needed to ensure specific somatic and meiotic centromere association. Nature 411: 204–207.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Myers, Simon, Leonardo Bottolo, Colin Freeman, Gil McVean, and Peter Donnelly. 2005. A fine-scale map of recombination rates and hotspots across the human genome. Science (New York, N.Y.) 310: 321–324.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Coe, Jerome T. 2000. Unlikely Victory: How General Electric Succeeded in the Chemical Industry. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Yuan, Xiao-Zi. 2010. Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy in PEM Fuel Cells: Fundamentals and Applications. Edited by Chaojie Song, Haijiang Wang, and Jiujun Zhang. London: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Fischer, Thomas, and Janet Abrams. 2005. Studio Members. In Julie Snow Architects, ed. Janet Abrams, 16–17. New York, NY: Princeton Archit. 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 Philosophy and Psychology.

Blog post
Taub, Ben. 2016. Brain-Eating Amoeba Is Hungry For Your Neurotransmitters. IFLScience. IFLScience. September 27.


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. 1999. Hydra 70 Rocket: Recent Performance Has Improved. NSIAD-99-126R. 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
Ghadimian, Vachik. 2017. Renewable Energy Marketplace. Doctoral dissertation, Long Beach, CA: 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
de la MERCED, Michael J. 2017. A Mattress Maker Strikes a Deal With Target. New York Times, June 19.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Liljas 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Liljas 2009; Kaproth and Marone 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Kaproth and Marone 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Myers et al. 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleReview of Philosophy and Psychology
AbbreviationRev. Philos. Psychol.
ISSN (print)1878-5158
ISSN (online)1878-5166
Experimental and Cognitive Psychology

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