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
Blaaderen, A. van. (2003). Chemistry. Colloidal molecules and beyond. Science (New York, N.Y.), 301(5632), 470–471.
A journal article with 2 authors
Shu, J.-J., & Wang, Q.-W. (2014). Beyond Parrondo’s paradox. Scientific Reports, 4, 4244.
A journal article with 3 authors
Chaudhari, N. K., Song, M. Y., & Yu, J.-S. (2014). Heteroatom-doped highly porous carbon from human urine. Scientific Reports, 4, 5221.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Zhou, J., Jia, W., Huang, C.-B., & Hess, R. F. (2013). The effect of unilateral mean luminance on binocular combination in normal and amblyopic vision. Scientific Reports, 3, 2012.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Fong, A. C. M., & Hui, S. C. (2006). Multimedia Engineering. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Zanjirani Farahani, R., & Hekmatfar, M. (Eds.). (2009). Facility Location: Concepts, Models, Algorithms and Case Studies. Physica-Verlag HD.
A chapter in an edited book
Tisi, M., Martínez, S., Jouault, F., & Cabot, J. (2011). Lazy Execution of Model-to-Model Transformations. In J. Whittle, T. Clark, & T. Kühne (Eds.), Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems: 14th International Conference, MODELS 2011, Wellington, New Zealand, October 16-21, 2011. Proceedings (pp. 32–46). 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 British Journal of Clinical Psychology.

Blog post
Hamilton, K. (2016, December 21). How Your Christmas Turkey Arrives Already Stuffed – With Antibiotics. 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. (1995). Transportation and Telecommunications Issue Area Plan--Fiscal Years 1995-97 (IAP-95-7). 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
Dzubaty, D. R. (2013). Understanding the undergraduate experience of the baccalaureate nursing student with English as an additional language [Doctoral dissertation]. Capella 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
Pilon, M. (2012, November 2). Amid Storm Recovery, Marathon Expo Opens Doors to Runners. New York Times, B10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Blaaderen, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Blaaderen, 2003; Shu & Wang, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Shu & Wang, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Chaudhari et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Zhou et al., 2013)

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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