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
Bromm, V. (2012). Astronomy. Embers of the distant past. Science (New York, N.Y.), 338(6111), 1160–1161.
A journal article with 2 authors
Finke, D. L., & Snyder, W. E. (2008). Niche partitioning increases resource exploitation by diverse communities. Science (New York, N.Y.), 321(5895), 1488–1490.
A journal article with 3 authors
Piana, S., Reyhani, M., & Gale, J. D. (2005). Simulating micrometre-scale crystal growth from solution. Nature, 438(7064), 70–73.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Yang, Y., Sun, C., Ren, Y., Hao, S., & Jiang, D. (2014). New route toward building active ruthenium nanoparticles on ordered mesoporous carbons with extremely high stability. Scientific Reports, 4, 4540.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J.G. Upton, G. (2016). Categorical Data Analysis by Example. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Cazenave, T., Costa, D., Lopes, O., Manásevich, R., Rabinowitz, P., Ruf, B., & Tomei, C. (Eds.). (2006). Contributions to Nonlinear Analysis: A Tribute to D.G. de Figueiredo on the Occasion of his 70th Birthday (Vol. 66). Birkhäuser.
A chapter in an edited book
Meduna, A., & Zemek, P. (2014). Chapter 5 Rule-Based Grammatical Regulation. In P. Zemek (Ed.), Regulated Grammars and Automata (pp. 155–187). 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
Carpineti, A. (2016, June 29). Check Out This New Stunning Survey Of The Distant Universe. 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. (1993). Transition From School to Work: H.R. 2884 Addresses Components of Comprehensive Strategy (T-HRD-93-32). 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
Schwartz, D. A. (2017). Safe Travels? An Examination of the Search and Rescue Policies and Capabilities in the Northwest Passage Region [Doctoral dissertation]. 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
Feeney, K. (2011, May 29). Animal-Free and Sermon-Free. New York Times, NJ10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bromm, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Bromm, 2012; Finke & Snyder, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Finke & Snyder, 2008)
  • Three authors: (Piana et al., 2005)
  • 6 or more authors: (Yang et al., 2014)

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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