How to format your references using the Canadian Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Canadian 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
Canfield, D. (2015). Robert A. Berner (1935-2015). Nature, 518(7540), 484.
A journal article with 2 authors
Dell’Anno, A., & Danovaro, R. (2005). Extracellular DNA plays a key role in deep-sea ecosystem functioning. Science (New York, N.Y.), 309(5744), 2179.
A journal article with 3 authors
Contreras, M., Ceric, F., & Torrealba, F. (2007). Inactivation of the interoceptive insula disrupts drug craving and malaise induced by lithium. Science (New York, N.Y.), 318(5850), 655–658.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Ahlberg, P., Trinajstic, K., Johanson, Z., & Long, J. (2009). Pelvic claspers confirm chondrichthyan-like internal fertilization in arthrodires. Nature, 460(7257), 888–889.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Killops, S., & Killops, V. (2004). Introduction to Organic Geochemistry. Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
An edited book
Benatallah, B., Casati, F., Kappel, G., & Rossi, G. (Eds.). (2010). Web Engineering: 10th International Conference, ICWE 2010, Vienna Austria, July 5-9, 2010. Proceedings (Vol. 6189). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Yan, L., Guo, Y., & Chen, X. (2015). SplitDroid: Isolated Execution of Sensitive Components for Mobile Applications. In B. Thuraisingham, X. Wang, & V. Yegneswaran (Eds.), Security and Privacy in Communication Networks: 11th EAI International Conference, SecureComm 2015, Dallas, TX, USA, October 26-29, 2015, Proceedings (pp. 78–96). 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 Canadian Psychology.

Blog post
Luntz, S. (2014, June 16). The Center Of Our Galaxy Smells Like Raspberries And Tastes Like Rum. 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. (2009). Aviation Safety: Information on the Safety Effects of Modifying the Age Standard for Commercial Pilots (GAO-10-107R). 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
Gary, M. (2017). Home Range and Habitat Use of Juvenile Green Turtles in a Shallow Tidal Environment [Doctoral dissertation]. Florida Atlantic 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
Wagner, J. (2017, July 22). Syndergaard Rethinks Training: Fewer Weights, More Flexibility. New York Times, SP8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Canfield, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Canfield, 2015; Dell’Anno & Danovaro, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Dell’Anno & Danovaro, 2005)
  • Three authors: (Contreras et al., 2007)
  • 6 or more authors: (Ahlberg et al., 2009)

About the journal

Full journal titleCanadian Psychology
AbbreviationCan. Psychol.
ISSN (print)0708-5591
ISSN (online)1878-7304
ScopeGeneral Psychology

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