How to format your references using the Sexual and Relationship Therapy citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Sexual and Relationship Therapy. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Press, F. (2008). Earth science and society. Nature, 451(7176), 301–303.
A journal article with 2 authors
Law, K. S., & Stohl, A. (2007). Arctic air pollution: origins and impacts. Science (New York, N.Y.), 315(5818), 1537–1540.
A journal article with 3 authors
Smith, S. J., Wigley, T. M., & Edmonds, J. (2000). CLIMATE: A New Route Toward Limiting Climate Change? Science (New York, N.Y.), 290(5494), 1109–1110.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Kolodkin-Gal, I., Hazan, R., Gaathon, A., Carmeli, S., & Engelberg-Kulka, H. (2007). A linear pentapeptide is a quorum-sensing factor required for mazEF-mediated cell death in Escherichia coli. Science (New York, N.Y.), 318(5850), 652–655.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Spatschek, K.-H. (2011). High Temperature Plasmas. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Baldoni, M., Chopra, A. K., Son, T. C., Hirayama, K., & Torroni, P. (Eds.). (2016). PRIMA 2016: Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems: 19th International Conference, Phuket, Thailand, August 22-26, 2016, Proceedings (Vol. 9862). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Anzböck, R., & Dustdar, S. (2005). Semi-automatic Generation of Web Services and BPEL Processes – A Model-Driven Approach. In W. M. P. van der Aalst, B. Benatallah, F. Casati, & F. Curbera (Eds.), Business Process Management: 3rd International Conference, BPM 2005, Nancy, France, September 5-8, 2005. Proceedings (pp. 64–79). 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 Sexual and Relationship Therapy.

Blog post
Hamilton, K. (2014, October 13). Five Phenomenal Science Stunts Done With Dry Ice. 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. (1989). Aviation Safety: Conditions Within the Air Traffic Control Work Force (RCED-89-113FS). 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
Chakravarty, S. (2009). Harvesting health: Fertilizer, nutrition and AIDS treatment in Kenya [Doctoral dissertation]. Columbia 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
Williams, T., & Fernandez, M. (2016, September 21). Victim Posed No Threat to Police, Family Says. New York Times, A14.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Press, 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Law & Stohl, 2007; Press, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Law & Stohl, 2007)
  • Three authors: (Smith et al., 2000)
  • 6 or more authors: (Kolodkin-Gal et al., 2007)

About the journal

Full journal titleSexual and Relationship Therapy
AbbreviationSex. Relation. Ther.
ISSN (print)1468-1994
ISSN (online)1468-1749
ScopePsychiatry and Mental health
Clinical Psychology

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