How to format your references using the Suma Psicológica citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Suma Psicológica. 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
Reichhardt, T. (2005). Touched by an angel. Nature, 435(7043), 734–735.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lee, L. P., & Szema, R. (2005). Inspirations from biological optics for advanced photonic systems. Science (New York, N.Y.), 310(5751), 1148–1150.
A journal article with 3 authors
Weston, C. R., Lambright, D. G., & Davis, R. J. (2002). Signal transduction. MAP kinase signaling specificity. Science (New York, N.Y.), 296(5577), 2345–2347.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Barthe, C., Cony-Makhoul, P., Melo, J. V., & Mahon, J. R. (2001). Roots of clinical resistance to STI-571 cancer therapy. Science (New York, N.Y.), 293(5538), 2163.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Minelli, M., Chambers, M., & Dhiraj, A. (2013). Big Data, Big Analytics. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Halliday, M. A. K. (2016). Aspects of Language and Learning (J. J. Webster, Ed.; 1st ed. 2016). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
de Menezes, M. V., do Lago Pereira, S., & de Barros, L. N. (2010). System Design Modification with Actions. In A. C. da Rocha Costa, R. M. Vicari, & F. Tonidandel (Eds.), Advances in Artificial Intelligence – SBIA 2010: 20th Brazilian Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, October 23-28, 2010. Proceedings (pp. 31–40). 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 Suma Psicológica.

Blog post
Hale, T. (2016, December 28). Somebody Has Found Another “Giant Spoon” On Mars. 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. (2005). Federal-Aid Highways: FHWA Needs a Comprehensive Approach to Improving Project Oversight (GAO-05-173). 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
Grugan, P. K. (2016). The mindfulness practice of clinicians: A systematic review [Doctoral dissertation]. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Stevens, M. (2017, August 24). Dating Services Move To Block Extremists. New York Times, B3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Reichhardt, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Lee & Szema, 2005; Reichhardt, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Lee & Szema, 2005)
  • Three authors: (Weston et al., 2002)
  • 6 or more authors: (Barthe et al., 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleSuma Psicológica
ISSN (print)0121-4381
ScopeGeneral Psychology

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