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
Schuster, Sheldon. 2007. Translating science into business. Nature 446: 582.
A journal article with 2 authors
Gibson, Matthew C., and Norbert Perrimon. 2005. Extrusion and death of DPP/BMP-compromised epithelial cells in the developing Drosophila wing. Science (New York, N.Y.) 307: 1785–1789.
A journal article with 3 authors
Perrin, Richard J., Anne M. Fagan, and David M. Holtzman. 2009. Multimodal techniques for diagnosis and prognosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Nature 461: 916–922.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Zhang, Yun, Charles Ma, Thomas Delohery, Brian Nasipak, Barrett C. Foat, Alexander Bounoutas, Harmen J. Bussemaker, Stuart K. Kim, and Martin Chalfie. 2002. Identification of genes expressed in C. elegans touch receptor neurons. Nature 418: 331–335.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Greiman, Virginia A. 2013. Megaproject Management. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Williams, Charlotte, ed. 2016. Social Work and the City: Urban Themes in 21st-Century Social Work. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK.
A chapter in an edited book
Leu, George, and Akira Namatame. 2009. Evolving Failure Resilience in Scale-Free Networks. In Intelligent and Evolutionary Systems, ed. Mitsuo Gen, David Green, Osamu Katai, Bob McKay, Akira Namatame, Ruhul A. Sarker, and Byoung-Tak Zhang, 49–59. Studies in Computational Intelligence. 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 Philosophy and Psychology.

Blog post
O`Callaghan, Jonathan. 2015. Astronomers Spot Brightest Ever Gamma-Ray Pulsar Coming From Another Galaxy. IFLScience. IFLScience. November 13.


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. 1977. Research and Development Programs With Regard to Short-Term Weather Phenomena. B-100063. 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
Svarda, Devon. 2010. Man 2 Man. 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
Ivory, Danielle, and Rebecca R. Ruiz. 2014. Cobalts Were Seen as Lemons From Start, State Data Shows. New York Times, April 1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Schuster 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Gibson and Perrimon 2005; Schuster 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Gibson and Perrimon 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Zhang et al. 2002)

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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