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
Sampson, R. J. (2012). Sociology. Moving and the neighborhood glass ceiling. Science (New York, N.Y.), 337(6101), 1464–1465.
A journal article with 2 authors
Borgdorff, A. J., & Choquet, D. (2002). Regulation of AMPA receptor lateral movements. Nature, 417(6889), 649–653.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sakakura, A., Ukai, A., & Ishihara, K. (2007). Enantioselective halocyclization of polyprenoids induced by nucleophilic phosphoramidites. Nature, 445(7130), 900–903.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Hocking, W. K., Carey-Smith, T., Tarasick, D. W., Argall, P. S., Strong, K., Rochon, Y., … Taylor, P. A. (2007). Detection of stratospheric ozone intrusions by windprofiler radars. Nature, 450(7167), 281–284.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sharpe, N. F., & Carter, R. F. (2005). Genetic Testing. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Crane, D. (2009). Comet and Reverse Ajax: The Next-Generation Ajax 2.0. (P. McCarthy, Ed.). Berkeley, CA: Apress.
A chapter in an edited book
Vu, T. T., Tran, G. B., & Pham, S. B. (2014). Learning to Simplify Children Stories with Limited Data. In N. T. Nguyen, B. Attachoo, B. Trawiński, & K. Somboonviwat (Eds.), Intelligent Information and Database Systems: 6th Asian Conference, ACIIDS 2014, Bangkok, Thailand, April 7-9, 2014, Proceedings, Part I (pp. 31–41). Cham: 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
Hale, T. (2017, January 24). Roman British Skeleton Buried Face Down With Mutilated Tongue Puzzles Archaeologists. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (2016). Social Security Offsets: Improvements to Program Design Could Better Assist Older Student Loan Borrowers with Obtaining Permitted Relief (No. GAO-17-45). 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
Campbell, A. B. (2015). An analysis of the demography and habitat usage of Roatán’s spiny-tailed iguana, Ctenosaura oedirhina (Doctoral dissertation). Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL.

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
Dorman, J. L. (2016, November 18). A Funky Place to Land in Hollywood. New York Times, p. TR3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kniffen, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Lake, 2007; Levinson, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Borgdorff & Choquet, 2002)
  • Three authors: (Sakakura, Ukai, & Ishihara, 2007)
  • 6 or more authors: (Mainland et al., 2002)

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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