How to format your references using the Clinical Psychology Review citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Clinical Psychology Review. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Gershon, D. (2003). Mass spectrometry goes mainstream. Nature, 424(6948), 581.
A journal article with 2 authors
Chakraborty, A., & Bandyopadhyay, S. (2013). FOGSAA: Fast Optimal Global Sequence Alignment Algorithm. Scientific Reports, 3, 1746.
A journal article with 3 authors
Jaffer, H., Adjei, I. M., & Labhasetwar, V. (2013). Optical imaging to map blood-brain barrier leakage. Scientific Reports, 3, 3117.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Zhang, R., Xu, Y., Wen, B., Sheng, N., & Fang, H. (2014). Enhanced permeation of a hydrophobic fluid through particles with hydrophobic and hydrophilic patterned surfaces. Scientific Reports, 4, 5738.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kraehmer, H., & Baur, P. (2013). Weed Anatomy. Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Silhavy, R., Senkerik, R., Oplatkova, Z. K., Prokopova, Z., & Silhavy, P. (Eds.). (2015). Intelligent Systems in Cybernetics and Automation Theory: Proceedings of the 4th Computer Science On-line Conference 2015 (CSOC2015), Vol 2: Intelligent Systems in Cybernetics and Automation Theory (Vol. 348). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Barbosa, L., Portilho, F., Wilkinson, J., & Dubeux, V. (2013). Youth, Consumption and Citizenship. In U. Schrader, V. Fricke, D. Doyle, & V. W. Thoresen (Eds.), Enabling Responsible Living (pp. 47–60). 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 Psychology Review.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, April 27). Bizarre Newly Discovered “Platypus” Dinosaur Baffles Scientists. 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. (1983). Deaf/Blind Children and the Centers Serving Them (121879). 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
Evans, M. D. (2014). A Correlational Analysis of Teacher Observation Scores and Student Achievement [Doctoral dissertation]. Lindenwood 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
Novick, S. M. (2015, December 13). Elevating the Humble Wing at Sports Bars. New York Times, LI11.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gershon, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Chakraborty & Bandyopadhyay, 2013; Gershon, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Chakraborty & Bandyopadhyay, 2013)
  • Three authors: (Jaffer et al., 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Zhang et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleClinical Psychology Review
AbbreviationClin. Psychol. Rev.
ISSN (print)0272-7358
ScopePsychiatry and Mental health
Clinical Psychology

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