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
Castro Neto, A. H. (2011). Physics. Another spin on graphene. Science (New York, N.Y.), 332(6027), 315–316.
A journal article with 2 authors
Clark, P. U., & Mix, A. C. (2000). Ice sheets by volume. Nature, 406(6797), 689–690.
A journal article with 3 authors
Berner, R. A., Vandenbrooks, J. M., & Ward, P. D. (2007). Evolution. Oxygen and evolution. Science (New York, N.Y.), 316(5824), 557–558.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Fan, Z., Sun, Y., Di Chen, Tay, D., Chen, W., Deng, C. X., & Fu, J. (2013). Acoustic tweezing cytometry for live-cell subcellular modulation of intracellular cytoskeleton contractility. Scientific Reports, 3, 2176.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Chen, N. (2010). Aerothermodynamics of Turbomachinery. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Loewy, E. H. (2005). Textbook of Healthcare Ethics (R. S. Loewy, Ed.; 2nd Edition). Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Weinberger, L. D. (2014). The Relationship Between Sphere Sovereignty and Subsidiarity. In M. Evans & A. Zimmermann (Eds.), Global Perspectives on Subsidiarity (pp. 49–63). Springer Netherlands.

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
Andrew, E. (2013, December 19). Neanderthal genome shows high levels of inbreeding. 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. (1969). Internal Controls Over the Automatic Data Processing System Used by the Travelers Insurance Company in Making Medicare Payments (No. 092722). 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
Eaddy, M. (2008). An empirical assessment of the crosscutting concern problem [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
Koblin, J. (2017, January 18). NBC Will Bring Back ‘Will & Grace.’ New York Times, C2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Castro Neto, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Castro Neto, 2011; Clark & Mix, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Clark & Mix, 2000)
  • Three authors: (Berner et al., 2007)
  • 6 or more authors: (Fan 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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