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
Graham-Rowe, D. (2012). Risk analysis: A dense issue. Nature, 485(7400), S60-1.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wood, B. J., & Halliday, A. N. (2005). Cooling of the Earth and core formation after the giant impact. Nature, 437(7063), 1345–1348.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hamlin, J. K., Wynn, K., & Bloom, P. (2007). Social evaluation by preverbal infants. Nature, 450(7169), 557–559.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Lederbogen, F., Kirsch, P., Haddad, L., Streit, F., Tost, H., Schuch, P., Wüst, S., Pruessner, J. C., Rietschel, M., Deuschle, M., & Meyer-Lindenberg, A. (2011). City living and urban upbringing affect neural social stress processing in humans. Nature, 474(7352), 498–501.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Han, C. C., & Akcasu, A. Z. (2011). Scattering and Dynamics of Polymers. John Wiley & Sons (Asia) Pte Ltd.
An edited book
Duncan, S. F. M. (2015). Therapy of the Hand and Upper Extremity: Rehabilitation Protocols (C. W. Flowers, Ed.). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Hardin, D. (2006). Using Data from Earth Orbiting Satellites in Geo-Hypermedia Applications: A Survey of Data Resources. In E. Stefanakis, M. P. Peterson, C. Armenakis, & V. Delis (Eds.), Geographic Hypermedia: Concepts and Systems (pp. 53–72). 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 Asian American Journal of Psychology.

Blog post
Andrews, R. (2016, October 26). Russia Shows Off Its So-Called “Super Nukes.” 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. (2008). Environmental Satellites: Polar-orbiting Satellite Acquisition Faces Delays; Decisions Needed on Whether and How to Ensure Climate Data Continuity (GAO-08-899T). 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
Venegas Carro, G. I. (2017). The Slow Movements of Anton Bruckner’s Symphonies: Dialogical Perspectives [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
Flegenheimer, M. (2013, August 24). C Train Cafe? The M.T.A. May Put Up a Fight. New York Times, A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Graham-Rowe, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Graham-Rowe, 2012; Wood & Halliday, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Wood & Halliday, 2005)
  • Three authors: (Hamlin et al., 2007)
  • 6 or more authors: (Lederbogen et al., 2011)

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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