How to format your references using the The Irish Journal of Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for The Irish Journal of Psychology. 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
Elser, J. J. (2011). Geochemistry. A world awash with nitrogen. Science (New York, N.Y.), 334(6062), 1504–1505.
A journal article with 2 authors
Osborn, T. J., & Briffa, K. R. (2004). Climate. The real color of climate change? Science (New York, N.Y.), 306(5696), 621–622.
A journal article with 3 authors
Pompilio, L., Kacelnik, A., & Behmer, S. T. (2006). State-dependent learned valuation drives choice in an invertebrate. Science (New York, N.Y.), 311(5767), 1613–1615.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Dejea, C. M., Fathi, P., Craig, J. M., Boleij, A., Taddese, R., Geis, A. L., Wu, X., DeStefano Shields, C. E., Hechenbleikner, E. M., Huso, D. L., Anders, R. A., Giardiello, F. M., Wick, E. C., Wang, H., Wu, S., Pardoll, D. M., Housseau, F., & Sears, C. L. (2018). Patients with familial adenomatous polyposis harbor colonic biofilms containing tumorigenic bacteria. Science (New York, N.Y.), 359(6375), 592–597.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sizer, A., Balachandar, C., Biswas, N., Foon, R., Griffiths, A., Hodgett, S., Sahu, B., & Underwood, M. (2016). Part 2 MRCOG: Single Best Answer Questions. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Sinagra, G., Mestroni, L., & Camerini, F. (Eds.). (2013). Genetic Cardiomyopathies: A Clinical Approach. Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Smyth, J., Down, B., & McInerney, P. (2014). Socially Critical School/Community Relations. In B. Down & P. McInerney (Eds.), The Socially Just School: Making Space for Youth to Speak Back (pp. 69–91). Springer Netherlands.

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 The Irish Journal of Psychology.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2014, March 28). Witness A Deaf Woman Hear For The First Time. 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. (1994). National Science Foundation: Better Use of Existing Resources Could Improve Program Administration (RCED-94-95). 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
Stewart, A. R. (2009). Entrepreneurial perception: A survey of graduates of a global management MBA program [Doctoral dissertation]. Capella University.

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
Wines, M. (2017, July 1). Asked for Data on Voters, States Give Trump Panel a Bipartisan ‘No.’ New York Times, A12.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Elser, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Elser, 2011; Osborn & Briffa, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Osborn & Briffa, 2004)
  • Three authors: (Pompilio et al., 2006)
  • 6 or more authors: (Dejea et al., 2018)

About the journal

Full journal titleThe Irish Journal of Psychology
AbbreviationIr. J. Psychol.
ISSN (print)0303-3910
ISSN (online)2158-0812
ScopeGeneral Psychology

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