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
Johnson, Thomas E. 2013. Cell biology. Rapid aging rescue? Science (New York, N.Y.) 340: 1299–1300.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sikes, James M., and Phillip A. Newmark. 2013. Restoration of anterior regeneration in a planarian with limited regenerative ability. Nature 500: 77–80.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ge, Dong-Zheng, Yan Sheng, and Xun Cai. 2014. Combined staurosporine and retinoic acid induces differentiation in retinoic acid resistant acute promyelocytic leukemia cell lines. Scientific reports 4: 4821.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Fyfe, John C., Knut von Salzen, Nathan P. Gillett, Vivek K. Arora, Gregory M. Flato, and Joseph R. McConnell. 2013. One hundred years of Arctic surface temperature variation due to anthropogenic influence. Scientific reports 3: 2645.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Mohanty, Sanat, and Ranjana Ghosh. 2010. Planning a Scientific Career in Industry. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Jha, Niraj K., and Deming Chen, ed. 2011. Nanoelectronic Circuit Design. New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Summerville, Douglas, Victor Skormin, Alexander Volynkin, and James Moronski. 2005. Prevention of Information Attacks by Run-Time Detection of Self-replication in Computer Codes. In Computer Network Security: Third International Workshop on Mathematical Methods, Models, and Architectures for Computer Network Security, MMM-ACNS 2005, St. Petersburg, Russia, September 24-28, 2005. Proceedings, ed. Vladimir Gorodetsky, Igor Kotenko, and Victor Skormin, 54–75. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 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
Hamilton, Kristy. 2017. Gigantic Extinct Worm With Impressively Large Jaws Discovered In Canada. IFLScience. IFLScience. February 22.


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. 2000. Transit Grants: Need for Improved Predictability, Data, and Monitoring in Application Processing. RCED-00-260. 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
Arguello, Ivelise Margaret. 2010. Circle of Sisters summer program: A grant-writing project. 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
Saslow, Linda. 2006. Loop Drawbridge to Try Car-Friendly Schedule. New York Times, April 30.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Johnson 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Johnson 2013; Sikes and Newmark 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Sikes and Newmark 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Fyfe et al. 2013)

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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