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
Spence, K. (2000). Ancient Egyptian chronology and the astronomical orientation of pyramids. Nature, 408(6810), 320–324.
A journal article with 2 authors
Embley, T. M., & Martin, W. (2006). Eukaryotic evolution, changes and challenges. Nature, 440(7084), 623–630.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sun, X., Mariani, F. V., & Martin, G. R. (2002). Functions of FGF signalling from the apical ectodermal ridge in limb development. Nature, 418(6897), 501–508.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Zhu, Q., Sun, Y., Yun, X., Ou, Y., Zhang, W., & Li, J.-X. (2014). Antinociceptive effects of curcumin in a rat model of postoperative pain. Scientific reports, 4, 4932.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Center for Chemical Process Safety. (2012). Guidelines for Engineering Design for Process Safety. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Akiyama, J., Kano, M., & Sakai, T. (Eds.). (2013). Computational Geometry and Graphs: Thailand-Japan Joint Conference, TJJCCGG 2012, Bangkok, Thailand, December 6-8, 2012, Revised Selected Papers (Vol. 8296). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Atef, M., & Zimmermann, H. (2016). Integrated Photodiodes in Nanometer CMOS Technologies. In H. Zimmermann (Ed.), Optoelectronic Circuits in Nanometer CMOS Technology (pp. 67–104). 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 Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2014, August 6). “Hobbit” more likely had Down Syndrome than a new species. 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. (1990). Stafford Student Loans: Millions of Dollars in Loans Awarded to Ineligible Borrowers (No. IMTEC-91-7). 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
Chow, B. J. (2016). Forming Infrastructural Materials by Mechanical Compaction of Lunar and Martian Regolith Simulants (Doctoral dissertation). University of California San Diego, La Jolla, 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
Vecsey, G. (2012, April 27). In Hockey, Game 7 Is Different. New York Times, p. B13.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Spence 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Embley and Martin 2006; Spence 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Embley and Martin 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Zhu 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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