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
Lewis, S. L. (2014). Scientist-versus-activist debates mislead the public. Nature, 506(7489), 409.
A journal article with 2 authors
Harpole, W. S., & Tilman, D. (2007). Grassland species loss resulting from reduced niche dimension. Nature, 446(7137), 791–793.
A journal article with 3 authors
Nakada, D., Saunders, T. L., & Morrison, S. J. (2010). Lkb1 regulates cell cycle and energy metabolism in haematopoietic stem cells. Nature, 468(7324), 653–658.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Tu, X., Manohar, S., Jagota, A., & Zheng, M. (2009). DNA sequence motifs for structure-specific recognition and separation of carbon nanotubes. Nature, 460(7252), 250–253.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Perez, A. (2013). Voice Over LTE. Hoboken, NJ USA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Harel, D. (2008). Algoritmi: Lo spirito dell’informatica. (Y. Feldman, Ed.). Milano: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Foshay, W. R., Villachica, S. W., & Stepich, D. A. (2014). Cousins but Not Twins: Instructional Design and Human Performance Technology in the Workplace. In J. M. Spector, M. D. Merrill, J. Elen, & M. J. Bishop (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology (pp. 39–49). New York, NY: 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 Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2014, October 7). Researchers Discover How Deadly Rabies Virus Hijacks And Manipulates Nerve Cells. 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). Rail Transit: FTA Programs Are Helping Address Transit Agencies’ Safety Challenges, but Improved Performance Goals and Measures Could Better Focus Efforts (No. GAO-11-199). 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
Senaga, K. A. (2016). Tasteless, cheap, and southern? The rise and decline of the farm-raised catfish industry (Doctoral dissertation). Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS.

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
Gustines, G. G. (2016, January 4). In a First, Graphic Novelist Is National Envoy for Children’s Literature. New York Times, p. C5.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lewis 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Harpole and Tilman 2007; Lewis 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Harpole and Tilman 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Tu et al. 2009)

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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