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
Smith, B. E. (2002). Structure. Nitrogenase reveals its inner secrets. Science (New York, N.Y.), 297(5587), 1654–1655.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lu, P., & Werb, Z. (2008). Patterning mechanisms of branched organs. Science (New York, N.Y.), 322(5907), 1506–1509.
A journal article with 3 authors
Green, E. D., Guyer, M. S., & National Human Genome Research Institute. (2011). Charting a course for genomic medicine from base pairs to bedside. Nature, 470(7333), 204–213.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Yasuda, R., Noji, H., Yoshida, M., Kinosita, K., Jr, & Itoh, H. (2001). Resolution of distinct rotational substeps by submillisecond kinetic analysis of F1-ATPase. Nature, 410(6831), 898–904.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hurst, K. (2008). Primary Care Trust Workforce Planning and Development. Whurr Publishers Ltd.
An edited book
Fernández-Manjón, B., Sánchez-Pérez, J. M., Gómez-Pulido, J. A., Vega-Rodríguez, M. A., & Bravo-Rodríguez, J. (Eds.). (2007). Computers and Education: E-Learning, From Theory to Practice. Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Bavry, A. A., & Kumbhani, D. J. (2012). Fractional flow reserve and intravascular ultrasound. In D. J. Kumbhani (Ed.), Indications and techniques of percutaneous procedures: Coronary, peripheral, and structural heart disease (pp. 25–27). Springer Healthcare Ltd.

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
Andrew, E. (2014, August 18). ‘Salmon Cannon’ Allows Safe Migration Around Hydroelectric Dams. IFLScience; IFLScience.‘salmon-cannon’-allows-safe-migration-around-hydroelectric-dams/


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. (1991). Airport Safety: New Radar That Will Help Prevent Accidents Is 4 Years Behind Schedule (T-RCED-91-78). 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
Morgan, T. M. (2017). Do You See What I See? How Symbol Integration Facilitates Responsibility to Self and Culture [Doctoral dissertation]. Pacifica Graduate Institute.

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
Kelly, S. (2000, September 10). Nothing Lasts Forever. New York Times, 146.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Smith, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Lu & Werb, 2008; Smith, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Lu & Werb, 2008)
  • Three authors: (Green et al., 2011)
  • 6 or more authors: (Yasuda et al., 2001)

About the journal

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

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