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
Joppa, L. N. (2009). Journal club. An ecologist calls for a citizen-science “Wiki.” Nature, 459(7247), 619.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ausländer, S., & Fussenegger, M. (2014). Synthetic biology. Dynamic genome engineering in living cells. Science (New York, N.Y.), 346(6211), 813–814.
A journal article with 3 authors
Taylor, D. M., Tillery, S. I. H., & Schwartz, A. B. (2002). Direct cortical control of 3D neuroprosthetic devices. Science (New York, N.Y.), 296(5574), 1829–1832.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Wallraff, A., Lukashenko, A., Lisenfeld, J., Kemp, A., Fistul, M. V., Koval, Y., & Ustinov, A. V. (2003). Quantum dynamics of a single vortex. Nature, 425(6954), 155–158.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Focardi, S. M., Fabozzi, F. J., & Bali, T. G. (2013). Mathematical Methods for Finance. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Botsiou, K. E., & Klapsis, A. (Eds.). (2011). The Konstantinos Karamanlis Institute for Democracy Yearbook 2011: The Global Economic Crisis and the Case of Greece. Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Makaudze, E. M., & Gelles, G. M. (2015). The Challenges of Providing Water and Sanitation to Urban Slum Settlements in South Africa. In Q. Grafton, K. A. Daniell, C. Nauges, J.-D. Rinaudo, & N. W. W. Chan (Eds.), Understanding and Managing Urban Water in Transition (pp. 121–133). Springer Netherlands.

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
Fang, J. (2015, July 31). Lizard Diversity Stayed The Same For 20 Million Years, Amber Fossils Show. 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. (2013). Information Technology: Agencies Need to Strengthen Oversight of Multibillion Dollar Investments in Operations and Maintenance (GAO-14-66). 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
Andrus, A. K. (2017). Cellular and Proteomic Characterization of the Innate Immune Response in Wasting Bat Stars (Patiria miniata) [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
Kelly, C. (2016, August 29). Trump, the Insult Comic Candidate. New York Times, A17.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Joppa, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Ausländer & Fussenegger, 2014; Joppa, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Ausländer & Fussenegger, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Taylor et al., 2002)
  • 6 or more authors: (Wallraff et al., 2003)

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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