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
Holdsworth, R. E. (2004). Planetary science. Weak faults--rotten cores. Science (New York, N.Y.), 303(5655), 181–182.
A journal article with 2 authors
Moore, K. A., & Lemischka, I. R. (2006). Stem cells and their niches. Science (New York, N.Y.), 311(5769), 1880–1885.
A journal article with 3 authors
Shim, J. H., Haule, K., & Kotliar, G. (2007). Modeling the localized-to-itinerant electronic transition in the heavy fermion system CeIrIn5. Science (New York, N.Y.), 318(5856), 1615–1617.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Dobrosotskaya, I. Y., Seegmiller, A. C., Brown, M. S., Goldstein, J. L., & Rawson, R. B. (2002). Regulation of SREBP processing and membrane lipid production by phospholipids in Drosophila. Science (New York, N.Y.), 296(5569), 879–883.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lemma, A. (2008). Introduction to the Practice of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Bodiroga-Vukobrat, N., Rukavina, D., Pavelić, K., & Sander, G. G. (Eds.). (2016). Personalized Medicine: A New Medical and Social Challenge (Vol. 2). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Holbrow, C. H., Lloyd, J. N., Amato, J. C., Galvez, E., & Parks, M. E. (2010). Gas Laws. In J. N. Lloyd, J. C. Amato, E. Galvez, & M. E. Parks (Eds.), Modern Introductory Physics (pp. 83–108). 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, February 9). Why Meteors Light Up The Night Sky. 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. (1996). Amtrak’s Strategic Business Plan: Progress to Date (RCED-96-187). 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
Thomas, L. E. (2017). Youth Art Ambassadors: A Youth Participatory Action Research Project Using Social Justice to Incite Change in Classrooms where Teachers Teach Young People of Color [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
Cooper, M. (2017, September 22). National Opera Names General Director. New York Times, C3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Holdsworth, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Holdsworth, 2004; Moore & Lemischka, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Moore & Lemischka, 2006)
  • Three authors: (Shim et al., 2007)
  • 6 or more authors: (Dobrosotskaya et al., 2002)

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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