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
Gravitz, L. (2014). Therapy: This time it’s personal. Nature, 509(7502), S52-4.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wilga, C. D., & Lauder, G. V. (2004). Biomechanics: hydrodynamic function of the shark’s tail. Nature, 430(7002), 850.
A journal article with 3 authors
Gerber, L. R., Hyrenbach, K. D., & Zacharias, M. A. (2005). Ecology. Do the largest protected areas conserve whales or whalers? Science (New York, N.Y.), 307(5709), 525–526.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Pasko, V. P., Stanley, M. A., Mathews, J. D., Inan, U. S., & Wood, T. G. (2002). Electrical discharge from a thundercloud top to the lower ionosphere. Nature, 416(6877), 152–154.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Spotte, S. (2016). Tarpons. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Paris, O. (Ed.). (2016). Structure and Multiscale Mechanics of Carbon Nanomaterials (1st ed., Vol. 563). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Balachander, S. K. (2015). Flag-Shipping ‘Indicators’ for Green-Campus Transitions and Sustainability: A Case-Study of Learner-Centered Projects at Loyola, Secunderabad. In W. Leal Filho, N. Muthu, G. Edwin, & M. Sima (Eds.), Implementing Campus Greening Initiatives: Approaches, Methods and Perspectives (pp. 53–60). 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
Hamilton, K. (2017, May 9). Scientists Transplant Rat Testis To The Neck Of Another Rat. 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. (1980). The Road to a Billion Dollar Saving: A Team Effort (No. 113269). 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
Eisenbeiser, C. K. (2012). Parents’ Experience of Involvement in the Lives of Community College Students: A Phenomenological Study [Doctoral dissertation]. Northcentral University.

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, K. (2010, September 19). Achieving Techno-Literacy. New York Times, MM21.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gravitz, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Gravitz, 2014; Wilga & Lauder, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Wilga & Lauder, 2004)
  • Three authors: (Gerber et al., 2005)
  • 6 or more authors: (Pasko et al., 2002)

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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