How to format your references using the American Educational Research Journal citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for American Educational Research Journal. 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
Stapnes, S. (2007). Detector challenges at the LHC. Nature, 448(7151), 290–296.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kale, M. J., & Christopher, P. (2015). PHYSICS. Plasmons at the interface. Science (New York, N.Y.), 349(6248), 587–588.
A journal article with 3 authors
Idzko, M., Ferrari, D., & Eltzschig, H. K. (2014). Nucleotide signalling during inflammation. Nature, 509(7500), 310–317.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Persson, L., Amundsen, P.-A., De Roos, A. M., Klemetsen, A., Knudsen, R., & Primicerio, R. (2007). Culling prey promotes predator recovery--alternative states in a whole-lake experiment. Science (New York, N.Y.), 316(5832), 1743–1746.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Magnasco, V. (2010). Models for Bonding in Chemistry. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Wu, W. (Ed.). (2015). Recent Advances in Modeling Landslides and Debris Flows. Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Gentile, N. A. (2008). Implicit Monte Carlo Radiation Transport Simulations of Four Test Problems. In F. Graziani (Ed.), Computational Methods in Transport: Verification and Validation (pp. 135–150). 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 American Educational Research Journal.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, May 19). Extraordinary Black-And-White Photos Of African Wildlife By Laurent Baheux. 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. (1980). Incorporation of Contract Clause Into Proposed FPR Temporary Regulation (B-197574). 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
Belic, B. (2005). Complement Verb Variation in Present-Day Serbian [Doctoral dissertation]. Ohio State 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
Szirtes, G. (2016, November 25). Love and Violence. New York Times, BR23.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Stapnes, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Kale & Christopher, 2015; Stapnes, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Kale & Christopher, 2015)
  • Three authors: (Idzko et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Persson et al., 2007)

About the journal

Full journal titleAmerican Educational Research Journal
AbbreviationAm. Educ. Res. J.
ISSN (print)0002-8312
ISSN (online)1935-1011

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