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
Andreae, M. O. (2009). Atmospheric science. A new look at aging aerosols. Science (New York, N.Y.), 326(5959), 1493–1494.
A journal article with 2 authors
Giuseppone, N., & Lutz, J.-F. (2011). Materials chemistry: catalytic accordions. Nature, 473(7345), 40–41.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lee, L. H., Yang, H., & Bigras, G. (2014). Current breast cancer proliferative markers correlate variably based on decoupled duration of cell cycle phases. Scientific Reports, 4, 5122.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Schuster, M., Duringer, P., Ghienne, J.-F., Vignaud, P., Mackaye, H. T., Likius, A., & Brunet, M. (2006). The age of the Sahara desert. Science (New York, N.Y.), 311(5762), 821.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Willatzen, M., & Lew Yan Voon, L. C. (2011). Separable Boundary-Value Problems in Physics. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Abdi, A. A., Shultz, L., & Pillay, T. (Eds.). (2015). Decolonizing Global Citizenship Education. SensePublishers.
A chapter in an edited book
Craven, M. (2008). Learning Expressive Models of Gene Regulation. In F. Železný & N. Lavrač (Eds.), Inductive Logic Programming: 18th International Conference, ILP 2008 Prague, Czech Republic, September 10-12, 2008 Proceedings (pp. 4–4). 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
Luntz, S. (2014, July 13). Motor Neurone Disease Success in Animals. 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. (2009). Commuter Rail: Many Factors Influence Liability and Indemnity Provisions, and Options Exist to Facilitate Negotiations (GAO-09-282). 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
Bai, J. (2012). Development and validation of the acculturative stress scale for Chinese College Students in the United States (ASSCS) [Doctoral dissertation]. Indiana 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
Feeney, K. (2008, March 2). Chalkboard Special: Soup. New York Times, NJ8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Andreae, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Andreae, 2009; Giuseppone & Lutz, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Giuseppone & Lutz, 2011)
  • Three authors: (Lee et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Schuster et al., 2006)

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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