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
Shepherd, T. G. (2015). Climate science: The dynamics of temperature extremes. Nature, 522(7557), 425–427.
A journal article with 2 authors
Vicoso, B., & Bachtrog, D. (2013). Reversal of an ancient sex chromosome to an autosome in Drosophila. Nature, 499(7458), 332–335.
A journal article with 3 authors
Costello, M. J., May, R. M., & Stork, N. E. (2013). Response to comments on “Can we name Earth’s species before they go extinct?” Science (New York, N.Y.), 341(6143), 237.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Scopigno, T., Ruocco, G., Sette, F., & Monaco, G. (2003). Is the fragility of a liquid embedded in the properties of its glass? Science (New York, N.Y.), 302(5646), 849–852.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Attoh-Okine, N. O. (2017). Big Data and Differential Privacy. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Yang, S., Ong, Y.-S., & Jin, Y. (Eds.). (2007). Evolutionary Computation in Dynamic and Uncertain Environments (Vol. 51). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Sobolev, S. L. (2006). On Vibrations of a Half-Plane and a Layer with Arbitrary Initial Conditions. In G. V. Demidenko & V. L. Vaskevich (Eds.), Selected Works of S.L. Sobolev: Volume I: Mathematical Physics, Computational Mathematics, and Cubature Formulas (pp. 131–167). Boston, MA: Springer US.

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
Fang, J. (2015, August 14). Ancient Chinese Cave Writing Describes Social Impacts of Climate Change. 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. (1999). Aviation Competition: Effects on Consumers from Domestic Airline Alliances Vary (No. RCED-99-37). 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
Keith, A. (2017). Engagement and Temporary Teams: Considerations for Value Engineering Study Teams and Facilitators (Doctoral dissertation). Pepperdine University, Malibu, 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
Stewart, J. B. (2016, November 3). Momentum for Tax Reform, Thanks to Trump’s Tactics. New York Times, p. B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Shepherd 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Shepherd 2015; Vicoso and Bachtrog 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Vicoso and Bachtrog 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Scopigno et al. 2003)

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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