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
Ward, M. D. (2003). Materials science. Molecular fuel tanks. Science (New York, N.Y.), 300(5622), 1104–1105.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hoffman, K. A., & Singer, B. S. (2008). Magnetic source separation in Earth’s outer core. Science (New York, N.Y.), 321(5897), 1800.
A journal article with 3 authors
Innocenti, P., Morrow, E. H., & Dowling, D. K. (2011). Experimental evidence supports a sex-specific selective sieve in mitochondrial genome evolution. Science (New York, N.Y.), 332(6031), 845–848.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Malathi, K., Dong, B., Gale, M., Jr, & Silverman, R. H. (2007). Small self-RNA generated by RNase L amplifies antiviral innate immunity. Nature, 448(7155), 816–819.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hunt-Ahmed, K. (2013). Contemporary Islamic Finance. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Karch, M. (2010). Android for Work: Productivity for Professionals. (S. Anglin, D. Pundick, C. Andres, M. Beckner, E. Buckingham, G. Cornell, et al., Eds.). Berkeley, CA: Apress.
A chapter in an edited book
Wang, Y., Zhang, J., Wang, Q., Lv, F., & Chen, K. (2015). Compressive Spectrum Sensing Based on Sparse Sub-band Basis in Wireless Sensor Network. In L. Sun, H. Ma, D. Fang, J. Niu, & W. Wang (Eds.), Advances in Wireless Sensor Networks: The 8th China Conference, CWSN 2014, Xi’an, China, October 31--November 2, 2014. Revised Selected Papers (pp. 52–58). Berlin, Heidelberg: 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 Journal of Community Psychology.

Blog post
Taub, B. (2016, October 20). Scientist Who Throws Cane Toad Sausages Out Of Helicopters Wins Top Award. 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. (1974). Why Performance of Automatic Voice Network (AUTOVON) Service Needs Improvement (No. B-169857). 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
Johnson, L. (2010). A cross-cultural examination of the needs and behaviors of female caregivers of cancer patients at the end of life: A theoretical elaboration (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
Chira, S. (2017, June 9). Cosby as a Lens on the Gender Beat. New York Times, p. A2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ward 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Hoffman and Singer 2008; Ward 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Hoffman and Singer 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Malathi et al. 2007)

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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