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
Conrad, Pamela G. 2014. Planetary science. Scratching the surface of martian habitability. Science (New York, N.Y.) 346: 1288–1289.
A journal article with 2 authors
Schneider, R. A., and J. A. Helms. 2003. The cellular and molecular origins of beak morphology. Science (New York, N.Y.) 299: 565–568.
A journal article with 3 authors
Pearson, D. G., S. W. Parman, and G. M. Nowell. 2007. A link between large mantle melting events and continent growth seen in osmium isotopes. Nature 449: 202–205.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Lever, M. A., J. P. Th’ng, X. Sun, and M. J. Hendzel. 2000. Rapid exchange of histone H1.1 on chromatin in living human cells. Nature 408: 873–876.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Boussabaine, Abdelhalim. 2013. Risk Pricing Strategies for Public-Private Partnerships Projects. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons.
An edited book
Douglas, Kate. 2016. Life Narratives and Youth Culture: Representation, Agency and Participation. Edited by Anna Poletti. Studies in Childhood and Youth. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK.
A chapter in an edited book
Thomas, Keir, and Jaime Sicam. 2008. Installing Ubuntu. In Beginning Ubuntu Linux, ed. Jaime Sicam, 43–74. Berkeley, CA: Apress.

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
Andrew, Elise. 2014. Bigger Is Better After All. IFLScience. IFLScience. June 25.


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. 2004. Illegal Alien Schoolchildren: Issues in Estimating State-by-State Costs. GAO-04-733. 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
Greenhall, Jennifer Anne. 2008. Elucidating mechanisms of accelerated neurological aging. Doctoral dissertation, La Jolla, CA: 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
Otis, John. 2017. Building on Twin Strands of Music and Compassion. New York Times, January 11.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Conrad 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Schneider and Helms 2003; Conrad 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Schneider and Helms 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Lever et al. 2000)

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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