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
Scudellari, M. (2015). Drug development: Mix and match. Nature, 521(7551), S12-4.
A journal article with 2 authors
Morris, S. C., & Caron, J.-B. (2014). A primitive fish from the Cambrian of North America. Nature, 512(7515), 419–422.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kimchi, T., Xu, J., & Dulac, C. (2007). A functional circuit underlying male sexual behaviour in the female mouse brain. Nature, 448(7157), 1009–1014.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Wei, X., Wang, S., Chen, Q., & Peng, L. (2014). Breakdown of Richardson’s law in electron emission from individual self-Joule-heated carbon nanotubes. Scientific Reports, 4, 5102.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Evans, A. W. (2008). Economics, Real Estate and the Supply of Land. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
An edited book
Flegel, U., & Bruschi, D. (Eds.). (2009). Detection of Intrusions and Malware, and Vulnerability Assessment: 6th International Conference, DIMVA 2009, Como, Italy, July 9-10, 2009. Proceedings (Vol. 5587). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Colombo, G. F., & Dragoni, M. (2016). The Legal Protection of Software in Japan—An Original Model? In G. Bellantuono & F. T. Lara (Eds.), Law, Development and Innovation (pp. 67–88). 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 Guidance & Counselling.

Blog post
Hale, T. (2017, February 10). The Sexiest Way To Dance, According To Science. 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. (2013). Transportation-Disadvantaged Populations: Coordination Efforts are Underway, but Challenges Continue (No. GAO-14-154T). 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
Portwood, B. (2017). Inclusive Special and General Education Secondary Teachers’ Attitudes towards the Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in the General Education Setting (Doctoral dissertation). Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO.

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
Saslow, L. (2009, April 12). Sorting Out their Goals, and Options. New York Times, p. WE7.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Scudellari, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Morris & Caron, 2014; Scudellari, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Morris & Caron, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Kimchi, Xu, & Dulac, 2007)
  • 6 or more authors: (Wei, Wang, Chen, & Peng, 2014)

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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