How to format your references using the Revista Latinoamericana de Psicología citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Revista Latinoamericana de Psicología. 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
Layard, R. (2010). Economics. Measuring subjective well-being. Science (New York, N.Y.), 327(5965), 534–535.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hellmann, H., & Estelle, M. (2002). Plant development: regulation by protein degradation. Science (New York, N.Y.), 297(5582), 793–797.
A journal article with 3 authors
Caron, J.-B., Morris, S. C., & Cameron, C. B. (2013). Tubicolous enteropneusts from the Cambrian period. Nature, 495(7442), 503–506.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Jiang, Z., Wen, G., Luo, Y., Zhang, X., Liu, Q., & Liang, A. (2014). A new silver nanorod SPR probe for detection of trace benzoyl peroxide. Scientific Reports, 4, 5323.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Boillot, M. (2014). Advanced Smart Grids for Distribution System Operators: Volume 1. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Klazar, M., Kratochvíl, J., Loebl, M., Matoušek, J., Valtr, P., & Thomas, R. (Eds.). (2006). Topics in Discrete Mathematics: Dedicated to Jarik Nešetřil on the Occasion of his 60th Birthday (Vol. 26). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Gardner, P., Sturgeon, H., Jones, L., & Surlin, S. (2016). Body Editing: Dance Biofeedback Experiments in Apperception. In M. Kurosu (Ed.), Human-Computer Interaction. Interaction Platforms and Techniques: 18th International Conference, HCI International 2016, Toronto, ON, Canada, July 17-22, 2016. Proceedings, Part II (pp. 49–60). Springer International Publishing.

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 Revista Latinoamericana de Psicología.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2014, January 18). World First - Baby Polar Bears Caught On Camera Opening Their Eyes For The First Time. IFLScience; IFLScience.


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. (2010). Teen Driver Safety: Additional Research Could Help States Strengthen Graduated Driver Licensing Systems (GAO-10-544). 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
Huff, J. A. (2010). Interactions of glyphosate and dicamba in controlling key weed species [Doctoral dissertation]. Mississippi State 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
Gordon, M. R. (2012, October 3). Iran’s Master Of Iraq Chaos Still Vexes U.S. New York Times, A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Layard, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Hellmann & Estelle, 2002; Layard, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Hellmann & Estelle, 2002)
  • Three authors: (Caron et al., 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Jiang et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleRevista Latinoamericana de Psicología
AbbreviationRev. Latinoam. Psicol.
ISSN (print)0120-0534
ScopeGeneral Psychology
Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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