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 (Am J Community Psychol). 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
Hails, R. S. (2002). Assessing the risks associated with new agricultural practices. Nature, 418(6898), 685–688.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kan, J., & Wang, Y. (2013). Large and fast reversible Li-ion storages in Fe2O3-graphene sheet-on-sheet sandwich-like nanocomposites. Scientific reports, 3, 3502.
A journal article with 3 authors
Babu, M. M., Kriwacki, R. W., & Pappu, R. V. (2012). Structural biology. Versatility from protein disorder. Science (New York, N.Y.), 337(6101), 1460–1461.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Gao, X., Zhang, H., Zhuang, W., Yuan, G., Sun, T., Jiang, X., et al. (2014). PEDF and PEDF-derived peptide 44mer protect cardiomyocytes against hypoxia-induced apoptosis and necroptosis via anti-oxidative effect. Scientific reports, 4, 5637.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wystup, U. (2006). FX Options and Structured Products. Oxford, UK: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
An edited book
Cordeiro, J., Maciaszek, L. A., & Filipe, J. (Eds.). (2013). Enterprise Information Systems: 14th International Conference, ICEIS 2012, Wroclaw, Poland, June 28 - July 1, 2012, Revised Selected Papers (Vol. 141). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Adkins, W. A., & Davidson, M. G. (2012). Linear Constant Coefficient Differential Equations. In M. G. Davidson (Ed.), Ordinary Differential Equations (pp. 275–329). New York, NY: 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
Hale, T. (2015, November 11). Do You Have Seasonal Affective Disorder? 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. (1988). Highway Contracting: Assessing Fraud and Abuse in FHwA’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (No. RCED-89-26). 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
Munoz, S. (2017). Mental Health Care for Foreign Born Latinos: A Grant Proposal (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
Paulson, M. (2017, October 8). To Say Hello To Dolly, Say Bye to $1,009. New York Times, p. C1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hunter 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Keeling 2007; Segal 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Kan and Wang 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Munschauer et al. 2018)

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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