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
Eisenstein, M. (2015). Artificial organs: Honey, I shrunk the lungs. Nature, 519(7544), S16-8.
A journal article with 2 authors
Martinez-Perez, E., & Moore, G. (2004). Plant sciences. Promiscuous maize chromosomes. Science (New York, N.Y.), 303(5654), 49–50.
A journal article with 3 authors
Beekman, M., Calis, J. N., & Boot, W. J. (2000). Parasitic honeybees get royal treatment. Nature, 404(6779), 723.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Chase-Lansdale, P. L., Moffitt, R. A., Lohman, B. J., Cherlin, A. J., Coley, R. L., Pittman, L. D., Roff, J., & Votruba-Drzal, E. (2003). Mothers’ transitions from welfare to work and the well-being of preschoolers and adolescents. Science (New York, N.Y.), 299(5612), 1548–1552.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Harrison, A. (2016). The Life of D. H. Lawrence. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Billari, F. C., Fent, T., Prskawetz, A., & Scheffran, J. (Eds.). (2006). Agent-Based Computational Modelling: Applications in Demography, Social, Economic and Environmental Sciences. Physica-Verlag HD.
A chapter in an edited book
Brooks, N. (2011). Human Responses to Climatically-driven Landscape Change and Resource Scarcity: Learning from the Past and Planning for the Future. In I. P. Martini & W. Chesworth (Eds.), Landscapes and Societies: Selected Cases (pp. 43–66). Springer Netherlands.

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
Evans, K. (2016, July 22). Scientifically Proven Features Men Find Attractive In Women. 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. (2013). District of Columbia Opportunity Scholarship Program: Actions Needed to Address Weaknesses in Administration and Oversight (GAO-13-805). 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
McLeod, D. J. (2010). From fear to freedom: Overcoming obstacles and living truthfully in a role [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
Wagner, J. (2017, August 4). The Mets Believe Cabrera Could Be a Keeper. New York Times, B9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Eisenstein, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Eisenstein, 2015; Martinez-Perez & Moore, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Martinez-Perez & Moore, 2004)
  • Three authors: (Beekman et al., 2000)
  • 6 or more authors: (Chase-Lansdale 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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