How to format your references using the Asian American Journal of Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Asian American Journal of 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
Korgel, B. A. (2004). Materials science. Self-assembled nanocoils. Science (New York, N.Y.), 303(5662), 1308–1309.
A journal article with 2 authors
Yuan, J., & Poulin, P. (2014). Materials science. Fibers do the twist. Science (New York, N.Y.), 343(6173), 845–846.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lin, H.-K., Bergmann, S., & Pandolfi, P. P. (2004). Cytoplasmic PML function in TGF-beta signalling. Nature, 431(7005), 205–211.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Goldstein, S. L., Soffer, G., Langmuir, C. H., Lehnert, K. A., Graham, D. W., & Michael, P. J. (2008). Origin of a “Southern Hemisphere” geochemical signature in the Arctic upper mantle. Nature, 453(7191), 89–93.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bernheim, M. L. C. (2008). Ciba Foundation Symposium 39 - Monoamine Oxidase and its Inhibition: Ciba/Monoamine. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Birkhofer, H. (Ed.). (2011). The Future of Design Methodology. Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Acchar, W., & Dultra, E. J. V. (2015). Coffee Industry in Brazil. In E. J. V. Dultra (Ed.), Ceramic Materials from Coffee Bagasse Ash Waste (pp. 23–30). Springer International Publishing.

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 Asian American Journal of Psychology.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, October 15). Men And Women Biased About Studies Of STEM Gender Bias – In Opposite Directions. IFLScience; 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. (2009). Telecommunications: Broadband Deployment Plan Should Include Performance Goals and Measures to Guide Federal Investment (GAO-09-494). 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
Gemmer, J. (2012). Shape Selection in the non-Euclidean Model of Elasticity [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Arizona.

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
Walsh, M. W. (2012, September 21). California Debt Higher Than Earlier Estimates, a Task Force Reports. New York Times, A18.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Korgel, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Korgel, 2004; Yuan & Poulin, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Yuan & Poulin, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Lin et al., 2004)
  • 6 or more authors: (Goldstein et al., 2008)

About the journal

Full journal titleAsian American Journal of Psychology
AbbreviationAsian Am. J. Psychol.
ISSN (print)1948-1985
ISSN (online)1948-1993
ScopeGeneral Psychology

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