How to format your references using the Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review. 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
Schiermeier, Q. (2004). Spain aims at premier league. Nature, 431(7007), 488–489.
A journal article with 2 authors
Li, D., & Caffrey, M. (2014). Renaturing membrane proteins in the lipid cubic phase, a nanoporous membrane mimetic. Scientific reports, 4, 5806.
A journal article with 3 authors
Davis, M. C., Dahn, R. D., & Shubin, N. H. (2007). An autopodial-like pattern of Hox expression in the fins of a basal actinopterygian fish. Nature, 447(7143), 473–476.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Kenney, G. E., Dassama, L. M. K., Pandelia, M.-E., Gizzi, A. S., Martinie, R. J., Gao, P., et al. (2018). The biosynthesis of methanobactin. Science (New York, N.Y.), 359(6382), 1411–1416.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Li, F. M., Nathan, A., Wu, Y., & Ong, B. S. (2011). Organic Thin Film Transistor Integration. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Medjahed, B. (2011). Service Composition for the Semantic Web. (A. Bouguettaya, Ed.). New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Purkayastha, B. B., & Sarma, K. K. (2015). Basic Considerations of PLL and Its Types. In K. K. Sarma (Ed.), A Digital Phase Locked Loop based Signal and Symbol Recovery System for Wireless Channel (pp. 89–101). New Delhi: Springer India.

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 Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2014, April 1). Stem Cell Injections Revitalize Failing Hearts, Trial Results Show. 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. (2011). Key Controls NASA Employs to Guide Use and Management of Funded Space Act Agreements Are Generally Sufficient, but Some Could Be Strengthened and Clarified (No. GAO-12-230R). 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
Sutton, D. L. (2010). Preparing instrumental teachers: A resource for volunteer, lay music teachers in Salvation Army churches (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
McAULEY, J. (2016, September 22). The Artists and Their Alley. New York Times, p. M2178.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Schiermeier 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Li and Caffrey 2014; Schiermeier 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Li and Caffrey 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Kenney et al. 2018)

About the journal

Full journal titleClinical Child and Family Psychology Review
AbbreviationClin. Child Fam. Psychol. Rev.
ISSN (print)1096-4037
ISSN (online)1573-2827
ScopePediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
Psychiatry and Mental health
Clinical Psychology
Developmental and Educational Psychology

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