How to format your references using the Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology. 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
de Waal, F. B. M. (2013). Behavior. Animal conformists. Science (New York, N.Y.), 340(6131), 437–438.
A journal article with 2 authors
Takano, Y., & Ukezono, M. (2014). An experimental task to examine the mirror system in rats. Scientific Reports, 4, 6652.
A journal article with 3 authors
Takahashi, T., Svoboda, K., & Malinow, R. (2003). Experience strengthening transmission by driving AMPA receptors into synapses. Science (New York, N.Y.), 299(5612), 1585–1588.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Zhu, Q., Sun, Y., Zhu, J., Fang, T., Zhang, W., & Li, J.-X. (2014). Antinociceptive effects of sinomenine in a rat model of neuropathic pain. Scientific Reports, 4, 7270.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Krimpmann, A. (2015). Principles of Group Accounting under IFRS. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Zieliński, M., & Rami-Porta, R. (Eds.). (2014). The Transcervical Approach in Thoracic Surgery. Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Šimko, J., & Bieliková, M. (2014). Little Search Game: Lightweight Domain Modeling. In M. Bieliková (Ed.), Semantic Acquisition Games: Harnessing Manpower for Creating Semantics (pp. 51–65). 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 Practice in Pediatric Psychology.

Blog post
Carpineti, A. (2016, May 4). A Rare Transit Of Mercury Will Take Place This Monday - Here’s How To Watch It Live. IFLScience; IFLScience.


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. (2004). Transportation Security Administration: High-Level Attention Needed to Strengthen Acquisition Function (GAO-04-544). 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
Terrell, N. D. (2012). Exact solutions to combinatorial optimizations and the traveling baseball fan problem [Doctoral dissertation]. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Burghardt, L. F. (2006, May 28). A Symbol of Carefree, Innocent Fun? Not in Oyster Bay. New York Times, 14LI10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (de Waal, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (de Waal, 2013; Takano & Ukezono, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Takano & Ukezono, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Takahashi et al., 2003)
  • 6 or more authors: (Zhu et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleClinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology
AbbreviationClin. Pract. Pediatr. Psychol.
ISSN (print)2169-4826
ISSN (online)2169-4834

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