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
Boswell, Ray. 2009. Engineering. Is gas hydrate energy within reach? Science (New York, N.Y.) 325: 957–958.
A journal article with 2 authors
Misra, Anil, and W. Y. Ching. 2013. Theoretical nonlinear response of complex single crystal under multi-axial tensile loading. Scientific reports 3: 1488.
A journal article with 3 authors
Horne-Badovinac, Sally, Michael Rebagliati, and Didier Y. R. Stainier. 2003. A cellular framework for gut-looping morphogenesis in zebrafish. Science (New York, N.Y.) 302: 662–665.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Zhang, Yu, David Sturgill, Michael Parisi, Sudhir Kumar, and Brian Oliver. 2007. Constraint and turnover in sex-biased gene expression in the genus Drosophila. Nature 450: 233–237.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Selyanin, Mikhail A., Petr Ya Boykov, Vladimir N. Khabarov, and Felix Polyak. 2015. Hyaluronic Acid. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Egel, Richard, Dirk-Henner Lankenau, and Armen Y. Mulkidjanian, ed. 2011. Origins of Life: The Primal Self-Organization. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Carlsson, Christer, and Robert Fullér. 2011. OWA Operators in Multiple Criteria Decisions. In Possibility for Decision: A Possibilistic Approach to Real Life Decisions, ed. Robert Fullér, 77–100. Studies in Fuzziness and Soft Computing. 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
Andrew, Elise. 2015. Where Are The Missing Gravitational Waves? IFLScience. IFLScience. September 28.


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. 1982. Improper Use of Federal Student Aid Funds for Lobbying Activities. HRD-82-107. 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
Tiedemann-Fuller, Pamela Meghan. 2008. A descriptive Rorschach study of children who have experienced chronic complex abuse. Doctoral dissertation, Carpinteria, CA: Pacifica Graduate Institute.

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
George, Nelson. 2013. Red and Black. New York Times, September 22.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Boswell 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Boswell 2009; Misra and Ching 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Misra and Ching 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Zhang et al. 2007)

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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