How to format your references using the British Journal of Clinical Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for British Journal of Clinical 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Hentze, M. W. (2001). Protein synthesis. Believe it or not-translation in the nucleus. Science (New York, N.Y.), 293(5532), 1058–1059.
A journal article with 2 authors
Alkhatib, A., & Nayfeh, A. (2013). A complete physical germanium-on-silicon quantum dot self-assembly process. Scientific Reports, 3, 2099.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yoder, B. L., Bisson, R., & Beck, R. D. (2010). Steric effects in the chemisorption of vibrationally excited methane on Ni(100). Science (New York, N.Y.), 329(5991), 553–556.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Lilley, M. D., Butterfield, D. A., Lupton, J. E., & Olson, E. J. (2003). Magmatic events can produce rapid changes in hydrothermal vent chemistry. Nature, 422(6934), 878–881.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Baker, H. K., & English, P. (2011). Capital Budgeting Valuation. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Fred, A., & De Marsico, M. (Eds.). (2015). Pattern Recognition Applications and Methods: International Conference, ICPRAM 2013 Barcelona, Spain, February 15-18, 2013 Revised Selected Papers (Vol. 318). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Pacelli, V. (2016). The Case Study of Lehman Brothers. In S. Dell’Atti & A. Trotta (Eds.), Managing Reputation in The Banking Industry: Theory and Practice (pp. 101–119). 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 British Journal of Clinical Psychology.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2014, August 13). Iranian Becomes First Woman To Ever Win The “Nobel Prize” Of Mathematics. 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). Transportation and Telecommunications Reports and Testimony: May 1992 - April 1993 (RCED-93-187). 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
Swift, I. (2011). The Perceived Effect of Hidden Costs on the Operational Management of Information Technology Outsourcing: A Qualitative Study [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Phoenix.

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
Branch, J. (2016, October 25). Playing a Beautiful Game. New York Times, B8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hentze, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Alkhatib & Nayfeh, 2013; Hentze, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Alkhatib & Nayfeh, 2013)
  • Three authors: (Yoder et al., 2010)
  • 6 or more authors: (Lilley et al., 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleBritish Journal of Clinical Psychology
AbbreviationBr. J. Clin. Psychol.
ISSN (print)0144-6657
ISSN (online)2044-8260
ScopeGeneral Medicine
Clinical Psychology

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