How to format your references using the American Journal of Community Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for American Journal of Community 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
Good, M. F. (2013). Immunology. Pasteur approach to a malaria vaccine may take the lead. Science (New York, N.Y.), 341(6152), 1352–1353.
A journal article with 2 authors
Gruber, N., & Galloway, J. N. (2008). An Earth-system perspective of the global nitrogen cycle. Nature, 451(7176), 293–296.
A journal article with 3 authors
Boyd, R., Gintis, H., & Bowles, S. (2010). Coordinated punishment of defectors sustains cooperation and can proliferate when rare. Science (New York, N.Y.), 328(5978), 617–620.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Kamanu, T. K. K., Radovanovic, A., Archer, J. A. C., & Bajic, V. B. (2013). Exploration of miRNA families for hypotheses generation. Scientific reports, 3, 2940.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Picard, F., & Tanguy, C. (2016). Innovations and Techno-ecological Transition. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Tjoa, A. M., Xu, L., & Chaudhry, S. S. (Eds.). (2006). Research and Practical Issues of Enterprise Information Systems: IFIP TC 8 International Conference on Research and Practical Issues of Enterprise Information Systems (CONFENIS 2006) April 24–26, 2006, Vienna, Austria (Vol. 205). Boston, MA: Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Hudson, M. J., Kim, R. G., & Goldberg, E. (2016). The Endoscopic Management of Biliary and Pancreatic Injury. In D. G. Adler (Ed.), Advanced Pancreaticobiliary Endoscopy (pp. 67–91). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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 Journal of Community Psychology.

Blog post
Davis, J. (2016, August 2). Bees Found To Be Living Just Meters From The Top Of An Active Volcano. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 2018


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. (2005). Space Shuttle: Actions Needed to Better Position NASA to Sustain Its Workforce Through Retirement (No. GAO-05-230). Washington, DC: 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
Kuqi, K. (2013). A matrix-Based Method for Optimizing the User Interface Design of Electronic Medical Record Systems (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Rothenberg, B. (2017, January 18). An Upstart Relishes, and Rues, a Showcase. New York Times, p. B13.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Good 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Good 2013; Gruber and Galloway 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Gruber and Galloway 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Kamanu et al. 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleAmerican Journal of Community Psychology
AbbreviationAm. J. Community Psychol.
ISSN (print)0091-0562
ISSN (online)1573-2770
ScopePublic Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Applied Psychology
Health(social science)

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