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
French, R. M. (2012). Computer science. Dusting off the Turing test. Science (New York, N.Y.), 336(6078), 164–165.
A journal article with 2 authors
Futahashi, R., & Fujiwara, H. (2008). Juvenile hormone regulates butterfly larval pattern switches. Science (New York, N.Y.), 319(5866), 1061.
A journal article with 3 authors
van den Heuvel, M. G. L., de Graaff, M. P., & Dekker, C. (2006). Molecular sorting by electrical steering of microtubules in kinesin-coated channels. Science (New York, N.Y.), 312(5775), 910–914.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Madhusudhan, N., Harrington, J., Stevenson, K. B., Nymeyer, S., Campo, C. J., Wheatley, P. J., … West, R. G. (2011). A high C/O ratio and weak thermal inversion in the atmosphere of exoplanet WASP-12b. Nature, 469(7328), 64–67.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Armaroli, N., Balzani, V., & Serpone, N. (2013). Powering Planet Earth. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Gorlewski, J. A., & Gorlewski, D. A. (Eds.). (2012). Making it Real: Case Stories for Secondary Teachers. Rotterdam: SensePublishers.
A chapter in an edited book
Beste, D. J. V., & McFadden, J. (2013). Metabolism of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. In J. McFadden, D. J. V. Beste, & A. M. Kierzek (Eds.), Systems Biology of Tuberculosis (pp. 55–78). 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 Practice in Pediatric Psychology.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2014, June 23). Sea Lion Plays With Little Girl - But Watch What Happens When She Falls Down. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (1995). Land-Grant College Revenues (No. HEHS-96-10R). 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
Ding, H. (2012). Mode of Action for Hexavalent Chromium Carcinogenicity in Drinking Water (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Koblin, J. (2017, October 27). Political Journalist Halperin Posts Apology to Women He ‘Mistreated.’ New York Times, p. B6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (French, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (French, 2012; Futahashi & Fujiwara, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Futahashi & Fujiwara, 2008)
  • Three authors: (van den Heuvel, de Graaff, & Dekker, 2006)
  • 6 or more authors: (Madhusudhan et al., 2011)

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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