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
Weinberg, D. H. (2005). Astronomy. Mapping the large-scale structure of the universe. Science (New York, N.Y.), 309(5734), 564–565.
A journal article with 2 authors
Grumbine, R. E., & Pandit, M. K. (2013). Ecology. Threats from India’s Himalaya dams. Science (New York, N.Y.), 339(6115), 36–37.
A journal article with 3 authors
Rompolas, P., Mesa, K. R., & Greco, V. (2013). Spatial organization within a niche as a determinant of stem-cell fate. Nature, 502(7472), 513–518.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Dürr, M., Biedermann, A., Hu, Z., Höfer, U., & Heinz, T. F. (2002). Probing high-barrier pathways of surface reactions by scanning tunneling microscopy. Science (New York, N.Y.), 296(5574), 1838–1841.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Diamond, N. (2013). Between Skins. John Wiley & Sons.
An edited book
Bellout, H. (2014). Incompressible Bipolar and Non-Newtonian Viscous Fluid Flow (F. Bloom, Ed.). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Sz.-Nagy, B., Bercovici, H., Foias, C., & Kérchy, L. (2010). Operator-Valued Analytic Functions. In C. Foias, H. Bercovici, & L. Kérchy (Eds.), Harmonic Analysis of Operators on Hilbert Space (pp. 189–241). 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
Luntz, S. (2016, December 22). Could This Be The Solution To The Mystery Of The “Alien Megastructure” Star? 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. (2006). Small Business Innovation Research: Information on Awards Made by NIH and DoD in Fiscal Years 2001 through 2004 (GAO-06-565). 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
De Anda, B. (2012). Factors that contribute to the stigma of mental illness [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
Baker, A. L., & McKINLEY, J. C., Jr. (2015, June 4). City Agency Shuts Down Group Home Where 3 Teenage Rape Suspects Lived. New York Times, A21.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Weinberg, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Grumbine & Pandit, 2013; Weinberg, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Grumbine & Pandit, 2013)
  • Three authors: (Rompolas et al., 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Dürr 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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