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
Ray, A. (2005). Plant genetics: RNA cache or genome trash? Nature, 437(7055), E1-2; discussion E2.
A journal article with 2 authors
Vabulas, R. M., & Hartl, F. U. (2005). Protein synthesis upon acute nutrient restriction relies on proteasome function. Science (New York, N.Y.), 310(5756), 1960–1963.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yartsev, M. M., Witter, M. P., & Ulanovsky, N. (2011). Grid cells without theta oscillations in the entorhinal cortex of bats. Nature, 479(7371), 103–107.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Fonseca, D. M., Keyghobadi, N., Malcolm, C. A., Mehmet, C., Schaffner, F., Mogi, M., Fleischer, R. C., & Wilkerson, R. C. (2004). Emerging vectors in the Culex pipiens complex. Science (New York, N.Y.), 303(5663), 1535–1538.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Schmidt, W. (2000). Optische Spektroskopie. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH.
An edited book
Bazzan, A. L. C., Craven, M., & Martins, N. F. (Eds.). (2008). Advances in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology: Third Brazilian Symposium on Bioinformatics, BSB 2008, Santo André, Brazil, August 28-30, 2008. Proceedings (Vol. 5167). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Srivastava, P. R., Ray, M., Dermoudy, J., Kang, B.-H., & Kim, T.-H. (2009). Test Case Minimization and Prioritization Using CMIMX Technique. In D. Ślęzak, T.-H. Kim, A. Kiumi, T. Jiang, J. Verner, & S. Abrahão (Eds.), Advances in Software Engineering: International Conference on Advanced Software Engineering and Its Applications, ASEA 2009 Held as Part of the Future Generation Information Technology Conference, FGIT 2009, Jeju Island, Korea, December 10-12, 2009. Proceedings (pp. 25–33). 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
Fang, J. (2015, August 6). Clownfish Seem To Enjoy Warmer Waters. 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. (2014). Aviation Safety: FAA Should Improve Usability of its Online Application System and Clarity of the Pilot’s Medical Form (GAO-14-330). 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
Brothers, J. (2009). Nonparametric regression using wavelet transformations and noise reduction in audio signals [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
Longman, J. (2015, February 9). For the Slothful, a Race Is a One-Step Process. New York Times, D1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ray, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Ray, 2005; Vabulas & Hartl, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Vabulas & Hartl, 2005)
  • Three authors: (Yartsev et al., 2011)
  • 6 or more authors: (Fonseca et al., 2004)

About the journal

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

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