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
Endy, D. (2005). Foundations for engineering biology. Nature, 438(7067), 449–453.
A journal article with 2 authors
Einum, S., & Fleming, I. A. (2000). Highly fecund mothers sacrifice offspring survival to maximize fitness. Nature, 405(6786), 565–567.
A journal article with 3 authors
Serganov, A., Huang, L., & Patel, D. J. (2008). Structural insights into amino acid binding and gene control by a lysine riboswitch. Nature, 455(7217), 1263–1267.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Gu, L., Livenere, J. E., Zhu, G., Tumkur, T. U., Hu, H., Cortes, C. L., … Noginov, M. A. (2014). Angular distribution of emission from hyperbolic metamaterials. Scientific Reports, 4, 7327.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sillar, K. T., Picton, L. D., & Heitler, W. J. (2016). The Neuroethology of Predation and Escape. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Shivanna, K. R. (2014). Reproductive Ecology of Flowering Plants: A Manual. (R. Tandon, Ed.). New Delhi: Springer India.
A chapter in an edited book
Portugali, J. (2012). Complexity Theories of Cities: Achievements, Criticism and Potentials. In J. Portugali, H. Meyer, E. Stolk, & E. Tan (Eds.), Complexity Theories of Cities Have Come of Age: An Overview with Implications to Urban Planning and Design (pp. 47–62). Berlin, Heidelberg: 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
Andrew, E. (2014, June 6). There Will Be 5 Planets Visible In June, Here’s How To See Them. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (1981). Review of Yolo County, California, Economic Opportunity Commission Concerning Matters Affecting Local Poverty Programs (No. HRD-81-110). 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
Vail, A. S. (2012). The gift of noetic image: Spontaneous imagery and psychological well-being in women with breast cancer (Doctoral dissertation). Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA.

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
Ortved, J. (2017, October 5). Stylish Like a Fox, And Back in the City. New York Times, p. D3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Endy, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Einum & Fleming, 2000; Endy, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Einum & Fleming, 2000)
  • Three authors: (Serganov, Huang, & Patel, 2008)
  • 6 or more authors: (Gu et al., 2014)

About the journal

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

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