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
Glikson, A. (2006). Comment on “Zircon thermometer reveals minimum melting conditions on earliest Earth” I. Science (New York, N.Y.), 311(5762), 779; author reply 779.
A journal article with 2 authors
Goldfine, H., & Vance, D. E. (2001). Obituary: Konrad E. Bloch (1912-2000). Nature, 409(6822), 779.
A journal article with 3 authors
Gavriil, F. P., Kaspi, V. M., & Woods, P. M. (2002). Magnetar-like X-ray bursts from an anomalous X-ray pulsar. Nature, 419(6903), 142–144.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Li, L., Tu, F., Jin, L., Choy, W. C. H., Gao, Y., & Wang, J. (2014). Polarity continuation and frustration in ZnSe nanospirals. Scientific reports, 4, 7447.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Chappell, D. (2014). The JCT Standard Building Contract 2011. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons.
An edited book
Cai, K. (2016). Supervisor Localization: A Top-Down Approach to Distributed Control of Discrete-Event Systems. (W. M. Wonham, Ed.) (Vol. 459). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Strate, J., & Krueger, T. (2012). XML, Spatial, and Full-Text Indexing. In T. Krueger (Ed.), Expert Performance Indexing for SQL Server 2012 (pp. 91–120). Berkeley, CA: Apress.

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
Luntz, S. (2015, February 10). Quantum Equations Suggest Big Bang Never Happened. 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). Hispanics’ Schooling: Risk Factors for Dropping Out and Barriers to Resuming Their Education (No. PEMD-94-24). 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
Kidder, E. O. (2014). Self-administered HPV Testing as a Cervical Cancer Screening Option: Exploring the Perspectives of Hispanic and Arab Women in the United States (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Brunnermeier, M., James, H., & Landau, J.-P. (2016, October 27). Pondering Franco-German relations anew. New York Times, p. A13.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Glikson 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Glikson 2006; Goldfine and Vance 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Goldfine and Vance 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Li et al. 2014)

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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