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
Gould, J. (2014). Gene therapy: Genie in a vector. Nature, 515(7528), S160-1.
A journal article with 2 authors
Smith, L., & Dunn, B. (2015). Batteries. Opening the window for aqueous electrolytes. Science (New York, N.Y.), 350(6263), 918.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kanai, T., Minemoto, S., & Sakai, H. (2005). Quantum interference during high-order harmonic generation from aligned molecules. Nature, 435(7041), 470–474.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Bernard, C., Anderson, A., Becker, A., Poolos, N. P., Beck, H., & Johnston, D. (2004). Acquired dendritic channelopathy in temporal lobe epilepsy. Science (New York, N.Y.), 305(5683), 532–535.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bower, J. A. (2013). Statistical Methods for Food Science. John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
An edited book
Benth, F. E. (2013). Paris-Princeton Lectures on Mathematical Finance 2013: Editors: Vicky Henderson, Ronnie Sircar (D. Crisan, P. Guasoni, K. Manolarakis, J. Muhle-Karbe, C. Nee, & P. Protter, Eds.; Vol. 2081). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Knafl, G. J., & Ding, K. (2016). Adaptive Regression Modeling of Multivariate Continuous Outcomes in SAS. In K. Ding (Ed.), Adaptive Regression for Modeling Nonlinear Relationships (pp. 109–132). 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
Andrew, E. (2015, September 30). Teenage Girl May Have Developed Hepatitis From Green Tea Bought Online. 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
Graves, I. S. (2010). Positioning of Fifth Grade Students in Small-Group Settings: Naming Participation in Discussion-Based Mathematics [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
Marx, L. (2010, March 14). Elizabeth Greig and Jason Extein. New York Times, ST15.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gould, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Gould, 2014; Smith & Dunn, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Smith & Dunn, 2015)
  • Three authors: (Kanai et al., 2005)
  • 6 or more authors: (Bernard et al., 2004)

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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