PeerJ Referencing Guide
(updated May 2022)


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How to do citations in PeerJ style?

This is the Citationsy guide to PeerJ citations, reference lists, in-text citations, and bibliographies.
The complete, comprehensive guide shows you how easy citing any source can be. Referencing books, youtube videos, websites, articles, journals, podcasts, images, videos, or music in PeerJ.

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How do you cite a book in the PeerJ referencing style? (2022 Guide)

Books are written works or compositions that have been published, many of which might be in digital version. Here’s how to cite a book in PeerJ

Here’s an example book citation in PeerJ using placeholders:
Last Name FN. 2000. Title. City: Publisher.
So if we want to cite, for example, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou we’d do so like this:
PeerJ citation:
Angelou M. 1969. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. New York: Random House.
And an in-text citation book citation in PeerJ looks like this: (Angelou, 1969)

How to reference a journal article in the PeerJ citation style?

How do you cite scientific papers in PeerJ format?

Do you need help referencing or citing a research paper in PeerJ? Here’s how

Here’s a PeerJ journal citation example using placeholders:
Author1 LastnameAF, Author3 LastnameAF. 2000. Title. Container Volume:pages Used. DOI: DOI.
So if we want to reference this scientific article: “Testing consumer preferences for iced-coffee: Does the drinking environment have any influence?” by C. Petit and J.M. Sieffermann in PeerJ:
Petit C, Sieffermann J. 2007. Testing consumer preferences for iced-coffee: Does the drinking environment have any influence?. 18:161-172. DOI: 10.1016/j.foodqual.2006.05.008.
And an in-text citation would look like this: (Petit & Sieffermann, 2007)

How to cite a website in a paper in PeerJ style?

If you’re writing a research paper, you’ll likely do a fair amount of research online. If you have websites that you want to use as sources for your paper in PeerJ, follow this simple guide

Here’s an PeerJ example website reference:
Author1 LastnameAF, Author2 LastnameAF. 2000.Title. Available at https://www.example.com (accessed May 28, 2022).
To reference the article located at this link:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/nov/05/uselections20083
on The Guardian website:
Tran M. 2008.Barack Obama To Be America’s First Black President. Available at https://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/nov/05/uselections20083 (accessed May 28, 2022).
And an in-text citation would look like this: (Tran, 2008)

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How to cite a YouTube video PeerJ in 2022

You can find short videos and how-to videos from a wide range of professionals on YouTube. As a result, you may need to know how to mention a video or YouTube in your research assignment or paper. Here’s how to do it in PeerJ

Here’s a PeerJ citation YouTube video example:
ChannelName. 2000.Title. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXXXXX (accessed May 28, 2022).
So how to cite a video PeerJ?
Pixar. 2015.Pizza Clip — Inside Out. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8W6rntBADUQ (accessed May 28, 2022).
And an in-text video citation would look like this: (Pixar, 2015)

How to cite a podcast using PeerJ referencing style

Did you know there are over 50 million podcast episodes out in the world for you to listen to? If you want to cite one in PeerJ, here’s how

It is becoming more and more common to reference podcasts in essays or other school work.
Here’s how to reference a podcast it in PeerJ.
Lastname F. 2000. Title.
Podcast referencing example in PeerJ using “This American Life” episode 640:
This American Life. 2018. 640: Five Women.
And an in-text citation would look like this: (This American Life, 2018)

How to cite a piece of music or a song using PeerJ referencing style?

Citing a song or album accessed through an online streaming service in PeerJ is pretty straight forward, this is all you need:

An example song citation in PeerJ.
Lastname F. 2000. Song Title.
Let‘s say we want to reference “Here Comes the Sun” off The Beatles “Abbey Road” album in PeerJ:
The Beatles. 1969. Here Comes the Sun.
And an in-text citation would look like this: (The Beatles, 1969)


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