How to format your references using the Child & Youth Care Forum citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Child & Youth Care Forum. 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
Aspinall, W. (2011). Check your legal position before advising others. Nature, 477(7364), 251.
A journal article with 2 authors
Magurran, A. E., & Henderson, P. A. (2003). Explaining the excess of rare species in natural species abundance distributions. Nature, 422(6933), 714–716.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wilson, R. I., Turner, G. C., & Laurent, G. (2004). Transformation of olfactory representations in the Drosophila antennal lobe. Science (New York, N.Y.), 303(5656), 366–370.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Gunnarsson, T. G., Gill, J. A., Sigurbjörnsson, T., & Sutherland, W. J. (2004). Pair bonds: arrival synchrony in migratory birds. Nature, 431(7009), 646.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kumar, V. (2006). Mobile Database Systems. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Pokojski, J., Fukuda, S., & Salwiński, J. (Eds.). (2010). New World Situation: New Directions in Concurrent Engineering: Proceedings of the 17th ISPE International Conference on Concurrent Engineering. London: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Kersten, R., van Gastel, B., Drijvers, M., Smetsers, S., & van Eekelen, M. (2013). Using Model-Checking to Reveal a Vulnerability of Tamper-Evident Pairing. In G. Brat, N. Rungta, & A. Venet (Eds.), NASA Formal Methods: 5th International Symposium, NFM 2013, Moffett Field, CA, USA, May 14-16, 2013. Proceedings (pp. 63–77). Berlin, Heidelberg: 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 Child & Youth Care Forum.

Blog post
Luntz, S. (2014, August 11). Beautiful Glowing Beaches Look Like Something From Another World. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 2018


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. (1994). Total Quality Education (No. HEHS-94-76R). 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
Kay, K. (2013). A support group for older adult males struggling with depression: A grant proposal (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
Brantley, B. (2017, May 17). A Mythic Force of Anger, Raging in Wales. New York Times, p. C6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Aspinall 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Aspinall 2011; Magurran and Henderson 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Magurran and Henderson 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Gunnarsson et al. 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleChild & Youth Care Forum
AbbreviationChild Youth Care Forum
ISSN (print)1053-1890
ISSN (online)1573-3319
ScopeSocial Sciences (miscellaneous)
Life-span and Life-course Studies

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