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
Chapman, T. (2004). Proteins on the move. Nature, 430(6995), 111.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ricklefs, R. E., & Renner, S. S. (2012). Global correlations in tropical tree species richness and abundance reject neutrality. Science (New York, N.Y.), 335(6067), 464–467.
A journal article with 3 authors
Stern, P., Hines, P. J., & Travis, J. (2014). The aging brain. Introduction. Science (New York, N.Y.), 346(6209), 566–567.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Dermitzakis, E. T., Reymond, A., Scamuffa, N., Ucla, C., Kirkness, E., Rossier, C., & Antonarakis, S. E. (2003). Evolutionary discrimination of mammalian conserved non-genic sequences (CNGs). Science (New York, N.Y.), 302(5647), 1033–1035.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Zaragoza Dörwald, F. (2004). Side Reactions in Organic Synthesis. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Rothermel, K., Fritsch, D., Blochinger, W., & Dürr, F. (Eds.). (2009). Quality of Context: First International Workshop, QuaCon 2009, Stuttgart, Germany, June 25-26, 2009. Revised Papers (Vol. 5786). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Iwamoto, S. (2007). Golden optimal policy in calculus of variation and dynamic programming. In S. Kusuoka & A. Yamazaki (Eds.), Advances in Mathematical Economics (pp. 65–89). Springer Japan.

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, September 8). Is The Solid Crust In North America Really So Stable? 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. (1996). EPA: Final Regulations for Revisions to the Federal Test Procedure for Emissions from Motor Vehicles (OGC-96-42). 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
Vespa, M. C. (2013). System Identification and Compensation Using a Surface-Bristle Deflection Model [Doctoral dissertation]. Southern Illinois University.

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
Hu, W. (2016, March 5). New Bronx District Attorney Fixes Her Sights on Rikers Island Cases. 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 (Chapman, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Chapman, 2004; Ricklefs & Renner, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Ricklefs & Renner, 2012)
  • Three authors: (Stern et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Dermitzakis et al., 2003)

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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