How to format your references using the Advances in School Mental Health Promotion citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Advances in School Mental Health Promotion. 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
Delaney, P. (2000). Palaeoceanography. Nutrients in the glacial balance. Nature, 405(6784), 288–289, 291.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wang, H.-W., & Nogales, E. (2005). Nucleotide-dependent bending flexibility of tubulin regulates microtubule assembly. Nature, 435(7044), 911–915.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sakuragi, S., Tominaga-Yoshino, K., & Ogura, A. (2013). Involvement of TrkB- and p75(NTR)-signaling pathways in two contrasting forms of long-lasting synaptic plasticity. Scientific Reports, 3, 3185.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Singh, V., Rai, R. K., Arora, A., Sinha, N., & Thakur, A. K. (2014). Therapeutic implication of L-phenylalanine aggregation mechanism and its modulation by D-phenylalanine in phenylketonuria. Scientific Reports, 4, 3875.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Pavé, A. (2012). Modeling Living Systems. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Tolan, P. H., & Leventhal, B. L. (Eds.). (2013). Disruptive Behavior Disorders (Vol. 1). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Hofmuth, M. (2014). Identifying Knowledge, Skills and Abilities of Successful Entrepreneurs. In S. Weber, F. K. Oser, F. Achtenhagen, M. Fretschner, & S. Trost (Eds.), Becoming an Entrepreneur (pp. 55–75). SensePublishers.

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 Advances in School Mental Health Promotion.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2014, July 22). Cycloid Optical Illusion Will Boggle Your Mind. 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. (2011). Next Generation Air Transportation System: Linking Test Facilities Can Help Leverage Resources and Improve Technology Transfer Efforts (GAO-12-187T). 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
Joseph, O. W. (2009). A study of the effectiveness of mentor roles in a rural school district [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Maryland, College Park.

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
Walsh, M. W. (2012, August 24). Creditors of Stockton Fight City Over Pension Funding While in Bankruptcy. New York Times, B3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Delaney, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Delaney, 2000; Wang & Nogales, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Wang & Nogales, 2005)
  • Three authors: (Sakuragi et al., 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Singh et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleAdvances in School Mental Health Promotion
AbbreviationAdv. Sch. Ment. Health Promot.
ISSN (print)1754-730X
ISSN (online)2049-8535
ScopePediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
Psychiatry and Mental health
Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Developmental and Educational Psychology

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