How to format your references using the Annual Review of Clinical Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Annual Review of Clinical 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Harley CDG. 2011. Climate change, keystone predation, and biodiversity loss. Science. 334(6059):1124–27
A journal article with 2 authors
Forrest WF, Cavet G. 2007. Comment on “The consensus coding sequences of human breast and colorectal cancers.” Science. 317(5844):1500; author reply 1500
A journal article with 3 authors
Parr BT, Economou C, Herzon SB. 2015. A concise synthesis of (+)-batzelladine B from simple pyrrole-based starting materials. Nature. 525(7570):507–10
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Callaway RM, Thelen GC, Rodriguez A, Holben WE. 2004. Soil biota and exotic plant invasion. Nature. 427(6976):731–33

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kaltashov IA, Eyles SJ. 2005. Mass Spectrometry in Biophysics. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Ghafar-Zadeh E. 2010. CMOS Capacitive Sensors for Lab-on-Chip Applications: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands
A chapter in an edited book
Giga M-H, Giga Y, Saal J. 2010. Various Properties of Solutions of the Heat Equation. In Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations: Asymptotic Behavior of Solutions and Self-Similar Solutions, eds. Y Giga, J Saal, pp. 141–80. Boston, MA: Birkhäuser

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 Annual Review of Clinical Psychology.

Blog post
Carpineti A. 2016. The Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight. IFLScience.


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. [Comments on Agency Participation in SBIR Program]. B-230594.2, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Hernandez K. 2015. Life skills education for at-risk youth at Soledad Enrichment Action Charter High School: A grant proposal. Doctoral dissertation thesis. California State University, Long Beach

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
Murphy MJO. 2015. Weekend Entertainments From the Archives of The New York Times. New York Times, March 27, , p. C30

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Harley 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Forrest & Cavet 2007; Harley 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Forrest & Cavet 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Callaway et al. 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleAnnual Review of Clinical Psychology
AbbreviationAnnu. Rev. Clin. Psychol.
ISSN (print)1548-5943
ISSN (online)1548-5951
ScopeGeneral Medicine
Psychiatry and Mental health
Clinical Psychology

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