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
Wouters, J. (2008). Chemistry. Coming soon to a library near you? Science (New York, N.Y.), 322(5905), 1196–1198.
A journal article with 2 authors
Dijk, D.-J., & Skeldon, A. C. (2015). Biological rhythms: Human sleep before the industrial era. Nature, 527(7577), 176–177.
A journal article with 3 authors
Dorman, S. N., Viner, C., & Rogan, P. K. (2014). Splicing mutation analysis reveals previously unrecognized pathways in lymph node-invasive breast cancer. Scientific Reports, 4, 7063.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Sheng, C.-X., Singh, S., Gambetta, A., Drori, T., Tong, M., Tretiak, S., & Vardeny, Z. V. (2013). Ultrafast intersystem-crossing in platinum containing π-conjugated polymers with tunable spin-orbit coupling. Scientific Reports, 3, 2653.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Fiske, J. R., & Fiske, C. A. (2009). The Big Book of Benefit Auctions. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Cowling, P., & Merz, P. (Eds.). (2010). Evolutionary Computation in Combinatorial Optimization: 10th European Conference, EvoCOP 2010, Istanbul, Turkey, April 7-9, 2010. Proceedings (Vol. 6022). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Gargantini, A., Petke, J., Radavelli, M., & Vavassori, P. (2016). Validation of Constraints Among Configuration Parameters Using Search-Based Combinatorial Interaction Testing. In F. Sarro & K. Deb (Eds.), Search Based Software Engineering: 8th International Symposium, SSBSE 2016, Raleigh, NC, USA, October 8-10, 2016, Proceedings (pp. 49–63). 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 Sexual and Relationship Therapy.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2014, May 7). Visualizing 13 Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution. 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. (1986). [Review of DOD Programs Funded With R&D Appropriations] (B-220682). 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
Clavio, G. (2008). Uses and gratifications of Internet collegiate sport message board users [Doctoral dissertation]. Indiana 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
Romero, S. (2015, October 3). China’s Halting Forays Into Latin America. New York Times, A6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wouters, 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Dijk & Skeldon, 2015; Wouters, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Dijk & Skeldon, 2015)
  • Three authors: (Dorman et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Sheng et al., 2013)

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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