How to format your references using the British Journal of Guidance & Counselling citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for British Journal of Guidance & Counselling. 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
Pearson, H. (2001). China caught out as model shows net fall in fish. Nature, 414(6863), 477.
A journal article with 2 authors
Casanova, J.-L., & Abel, L. (2007). Primary immunodeficiencies: a field in its infancy. Science (New York, N.Y.), 317(5838), 617–619.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bento, G., Ogawa, A., & Sommer, R. J. (2010). Co-option of the hormone-signalling module dafachronic acid-DAF-12 in nematode evolution. Nature, 466(7305), 494–497.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Sun, J., Pang, Z. P., Qin, D., Fahim, A. T., Adachi, R., & Südhof, T. C. (2007). A dual-Ca2+-sensor model for neurotransmitter release in a central synapse. Nature, 450(7170), 676–682.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Halbich, I. W. (1993). Cape Fold Belt‐Agulhas Bank Transect Across Gondwana Suture, Southern Africa (p. 46). American Geophysical Union.
An edited book
Bolay, J.-C., Chenal, J., & Pedrazzini, Y. (Eds.). (2016). Learning from the Slums for the Development of Emerging Cities (Vol. 119). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Trinh, P. H. (2011). Exponential Asymptotics and Stokes Line Smoothing for Generalized Solitary Waves. In H. Steinrück (Ed.), Asymptotic Methods in Fluid Mechanics: Survey and Recent Advances (pp. 121–126). 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 Guidance & Counselling.

Blog post
O`Callaghan, J. (2017, June 1). This Machine Removes CO2 From The Air And Turns It Into Fertilizer. 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. (2003). Vehicle Donations: Taxpayer Considerations When Donating Vehicles to Charities (GAO-03-608T). 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
Darnell, C. (2017). Sharecropping in Higher Education: Case Study of the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University - Florida State University Joint College of Engineering [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
Kitsantonis, N. (2017, May 2). Debt Relief, With Pain, Is on the Way For Greece. New York Times, B3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Pearson, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Casanova & Abel, 2007; Pearson, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Casanova & Abel, 2007)
  • Three authors: (Bento et al., 2010)
  • 6 or more authors: (Sun et al., 2007)

About the journal

Full journal titleBritish Journal of Guidance & Counselling
AbbreviationBr. J. Guid. Counc.
ISSN (print)0306-9885
ISSN (online)1469-3534
ScopeApplied Psychology

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