How to format your references using the Social Psychology Quarterly citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Social Psychology Quarterly. 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
Vasilyev, Michael. 2015. “SIGNAL PROCESSING. Matched Filtering of Ultrashort Pulses.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 350(6266):1314–15.
A journal article with 2 authors
Neronov, Andrii, and Ievgen Vovk. 2010. “Evidence for Strong Extragalactic Magnetic Fields from Fermi Observations of TeV Blazars.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 328(5974):73–75.
A journal article with 3 authors
Thorpe, S. K. S., R. L. Holder, and R. H. Crompton. 2007. “Origin of Human Bipedalism as an Adaptation for Locomotion on Flexible Branches.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 316(5829):1328–31.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
King, Mary-Claire, Joan H. Marks, Jessica B. Mandell, and New York Breast Cancer Study Group. 2003. “Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risks Due to Inherited Mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 302(5645):643–46.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hochstadt, Harry. 1988. Integral Equations. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Bertolotto, Michele, and Carlo Trombetta, eds. 2012. Scrotal Pathology. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Fileni, Adriano, Giulia Galletti, and Paoletta Mirk. 2012. “La Comunicazione Radiologica Odierna.” Pp. 37–44 in La comunicazione radiologica nella società del benessere, edited by F. Schiavon, G. Guglielmi, and A. Rotondo. Milano: 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 Social Psychology Quarterly.

Blog post
Andrew, Danielle. 2017. “29 Of The Most Surreal Landscapes On The Planet.” IFLScience. Retrieved October 30, 2018.


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. 1999. Year 2000 Computing Challenge: Delivery of Key Benefits Hinges on States’ Achieving Compliance. T-AIMD/GGD-99-221. 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
Neil, Scott. 2012. “A Turn from the Worst: Leadership Influences on the Successful Turnaround of a High-Poverty School.” Doctoral dissertation, Capella University, Minneapolis, MN.

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
Martin, Valerie. 2014. “Pitfalls of Privilege.” New York Times, August 13, BR11.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Vasilyev 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Neronov and Vovk 2010; Vasilyev 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Neronov and Vovk 2010)
  • Three authors: (Thorpe, Holder, and Crompton 2007)
  • 4 or more authors: (King et al. 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleSocial Psychology Quarterly
AbbreviationSoc. Psychol. Q.
ISSN (print)0190-2725
ScopeSocial Psychology

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