how to reference a journal

how to reference a journal

how to reference a journal

How to reference a journal
Author , A . A . ( Year published ). Title of article . Title of Journal , Volume ( Issue ), pp-pp .
Harlow, H. F. (1983). Fundamentals for preparing psychology journal articles. Journal of Comparative and Physiological Psychology, 55, 893-896.

  • Author (surname followed by initials).
  • Year of publication (in round brackets).
  • Title of article (in single quotation marks).
  • Title of journal (in italics).
  • Issue information – volume (unbracketed) and, where  applicable, part number, month or season (all in round brackets).
  • Page reference.
  • doi (if available).

In their review of the literature (Knapik et al., 2015)…

If you are referencing the name of an article, the article name is in quotations.
Example:Studies published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology found that .

A DOI number (Digital Object Identifier) is a unique URL used to quickly locate a specific resource online. According to APA rules, if an article, ebook, or other resource has a DOI number, it must appear in the Source segment of the reference entry. A standard reference entry has these elements, in this order:
Author. (Date). Title. Source.

The Royal Society of Chemistry have a specific referencing style that we use across all our journals, as it ensures that all references are given accurately, clearly and with sufficient detail. Reading this guide will help you format references, notes and footnotes using the Royal Society of Chemistry’s house style. It is based on the advice that we offer to authors wishing to publish their research in our journals. It’s always worth checking with your university department what referencing style they recommend though, and if they have specific guidelines they want you to follow.
This guide is part of a collection of resources that we have produced for students using journal articles. You can find more resources in our Reading and understanding journals resource collection.

(Fong, cited in Bertram 1997)
In the list of references, record the publication you actually sourced.

There are no examples for referencing either of these format types in the APA Publication Manual or in the APA Style Blog. There is, however, a reference to letters to the editor in the first chapter of the Publication Manual. Here, the manual refers to letters as ‘Other Types of Articles’ (American Psychological Association, 2010, p.11).
With this in mind, we suggest you reference both of these formats as you would reference journal articles. You can insert [letter to the editors] or [editorial] in square brackets, after the title. With the rest of the reference, it will enable your reader to track back to the original article.

Please refer to the relevant reference type (book, journal article etc.) in the MMU Harvard guide for instruction on what to use when no author’s name is provided on the source.
In many cases the organisation’s name is used in place of the author, for example, for online sources such as webpages. In some instances the publication title is used in place of the author, for example journal articles and newspaper articles, where no author/reporter’s name is present.

In your reference list you should provide the details of the secondary source (the source you read). In this example: the details of Kersten 1987.
Citing a source that you found in another source is known as using a secondary source.

Academic writing means that you must be able to present your own findings, but also to know and reflect upon earlier research.
Here you find information about citing sources according to the most commonly used referencing styles.


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