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
Hastings, Michael H. 2013. Physiology. A looser clock to cure jet lag. Science (New York, N.Y.) 342: 52–53.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lyerly, Anne Drapkin, and Ruth R. Faden. 2007. Embryonic stem cells. Willingness to donate frozen embryos for stem cell research. Science (New York, N.Y.) 317: 46–47.
A journal article with 3 authors
Chen, Guokai, Olga Zhuchenko, and Adam Kuspa. 2007. Immune-like phagocyte activity in the social amoeba. Science (New York, N.Y.) 317: 678–681.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Murayama, Yasuto, Yumiko Kurokawa, Kouta Mayanagi, and Hiroshi Iwasaki. 2008. Formation and branch migration of Holliday junctions mediated by eukaryotic recombinases. Nature 451: 1018–1021.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Britton, Matt. 2015. YouthNation. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Watanabe, Shigeru, and Stan Kuczaj, ed. 2013. Emotions of Animals and Humans: Comparative Perspectives. The Science of the Mind. Tokyo: Springer Japan.
A chapter in an edited book
Nichols, Joe. 2005. Scope of Compensation for Environmental Damage Under the 1992 Civil Liability Convention and the 1992 Fund Convention. In Marine Resource Damage Assessment: Liability and Compensation for Environmental Damage, ed. Frank Maes, 59–66. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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. 2015. Why Have There Been so Many Shark Attacks in North Carolina? IFLScience. IFLScience. July 7.


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. 1988. The Times and Space: An Interview With Michael Collins. 137888. 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
Hofmann, Thomas Brent. 2008. Adductor and abductor spasmodic dysphonia: A comparison of quality of life issues for those receiving Botox treatment. Doctoral dissertation, Scottsdale, AZ: Northcentral University.

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
Vecsey, George. 2011. Obama Is President, but Football Is King. New York Times, September 8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hastings 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Lyerly and Faden 2007; Hastings 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Lyerly and Faden 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Murayama et al. 2008)

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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