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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for British Journal of Educational 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
Crocker, J. C. (2010). Materials science. Turning away from high symmetry. Science (New York, N.Y.), 327(5965), 535–536.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sfeir, A., & de Lange, T. (2012). Removal of shelterin reveals the telomere end-protection problem. Science (New York, N.Y.), 336(6081), 593–597.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yoo, H. I., Barsoum, M. W., & El-Raghy, T. (2000). Ti3SiC2 has negligible thermopower. Nature, 407(6804), 581–582.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Osuna, C. E., Lim, S.-Y., Kublin, J. L., Apps, R., Chen, E., Mota, T. M., … Whitney, J. B. (2018). Evidence that CD32a does not mark the HIV-1 latent reservoir. Nature, 561(7723), E20–E28.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rigby, K. A. (2013). Aircraft Systems Integration of Air-Launched Weapons. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Rajarathnam, G. P. (2016). The Zinc/Bromine Flow Battery: Materials Challenges and Practical Solutions for Technology Advancement. (A. M. Vassallo, Ed.) (1st ed. 2016). Singapore: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Benson, M. D. (2015). The Hereditary Amyloidoses. In M. M. Picken, G. A. Herrera, & A. Dogan (Eds.), Amyloid and Related Disorders: Surgical Pathology and Clinical Correlations (pp. 65–80). Cham: 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 Educational Psychology.

Blog post
Luntz, S. (2015, March 26). Vegetarian Birds Turn Carnivorous. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (1990). Railroad Safety: FRA’s Staffing Model Cannot Estimate Inspectors Needed for Safety Mission (No. RCED-91-32). Washington, DC: 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
McCorvey, Z. J. (2013). Addressing disruptive behaviors in an After School Program classroom: The effects of the Daily Behavior Report Card (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Kishkovsky, S. (2012, May 13). Evolving Russia Finds a Recorder Of Its Moment. New York Times, p. AR26.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Stock, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Bornens, 2012; Maddox, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Sfeir & de Lange, 2012)
  • Three authors: (Yoo, Barsoum, & El-Raghy, 2000)
  • 6 or more authors: (Duarte-Pereira et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleBritish Journal of Educational Psychology
AbbreviationBr. J. Educ. Psychol.
ISSN (print)0007-0998
ISSN (online)2044-8279
ScopeDevelopmental and Educational Psychology

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