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
Elmegreen, B. (2014). Astrophysics: How tiny galaxies form stars. Nature, 514(7522), 310–311.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wiseman, B. S., & Werb, Z. (2002). Stromal effects on mammary gland development and breast cancer. Science (New York, N.Y.), 296(5570), 1046–1049.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lu, N., Ji, A., & Cao, Z. (2013). Nearly constant electrical resistance over large temperature range in Cu3NMx (M = Cu, Ag, Au) compounds. Scientific reports, 3, 3090.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Scheschkewitz, D., Amii, H., Gornitzka, H., Schoeller, W. W., Bourissou, D., & Bertrand, G. (2002). Singlet diradicals: from transition states to crystalline compounds. Science (New York, N.Y.), 295(5561), 1880–1881.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Noordenbos, G. (2013). Recovery from Eating Disorders. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Stone, P. G., & Brough, D. (Eds.). (2014). Managing, Using, and Interpreting Hadrian’s Wall as World Heritage (Vol. 2). New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Halper, J. (2014). Proteoglycans and Diseases of Soft Tissues. In J. Halper (Ed.), Progress in Heritable Soft Connective Tissue Diseases (pp. 49–58). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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
Evans, K. (2016, September 15). 10 Survival Myths That Might Get You Killed. 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. (2000). Critical Infrastructure Protection: “ILOVEYOU” Computer Virus Highlights Need for Improved Alert and Coordination Capabilities (No. T-AIMD-00-181). 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
Almasaari, A. H. (2017). Arab American women’s identity crises in Mohja Kahf’s “The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf” and Laila Halaby’s “West of the Jordan” (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Koblin, J. (2017, October 20). Actor Takes On Netflix Over Documentary on Drug Kingpin. New York Times, p. B4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Elmegreen 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Elmegreen 2014; Wiseman and Werb 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Wiseman and Werb 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Scheschkewitz et al. 2002)

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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