How to format your references using the Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice. 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
Thor, S. (2013). Neuroscience: stem cells in multiple time zones. Nature, 498(7455), 441–443.
A journal article with 2 authors
Rieux-Laucat, F., & Casanova, J.-L. (2014). Immunology. Autoimmunity by haploinsufficiency. Science (New York, N.Y.), 345(6204), 1560–1561.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ragunathan, K., Jih, G., & Moazed, D. (2015). Epigenetics. Epigenetic inheritance uncoupled from sequence-specific recruitment. Science (New York, N.Y.), 348(6230), 1258699.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Coop, G., Wen, X., Ober, C., Pritchard, J. K., & Przeworski, M. (2008). High-resolution mapping of crossovers reveals extensive variation in fine-scale recombination patterns among humans. Science (New York, N.Y.), 319(5868), 1395–1398.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Knopf, F. C. (2011). Modeling, Analysis and Optimization of Process and Energy Systems. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Zaffagnini, S., Becker, R., Kerkhoffs, G. M. M. J., Espregueira Mendes, J., & Dijk, C. N. van (Eds.). (2014). ESSKA Instructional Course Lecture Book: Amsterdam 2014. Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Cataldo, A., De Benedetto, E., & Cannazza, G. (2011). Quantitative and Qualitative Characterization of Liquid Materials. In E. De Benedetto & G. Cannazza (Eds.), Broadband Reflectometry for Enhanced Diagnostics and Monitoring Applications (pp. 51–83). 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 Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2014, January 6). Action shot of sexual reproduction of 100-million-year-old-flower has been preserved in amber. 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). Procedures for Making Grant Awards Under Three Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs (HRD-83-68). 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
Rahschulte, R. L. (2014). An Examination of the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Detect, Practice, and Repair versus Traditional Cover, Copy, and Compare Procedures: A Component Analysis [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Cincinnati.

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
Dobbins, J. (2017, April 7). How to Be an Airbnb Host Without Breaking the Law. New York Times, RE12.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Thor, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Rieux-Laucat & Casanova, 2014; Thor, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Rieux-Laucat & Casanova, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Ragunathan et al., 2015)
  • 6 or more authors: (Coop et al., 2008)

About the journal

Full journal titleCoaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice
ISSN (print)1752-1882
ISSN (online)1752-1890
ScopeOrganizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
Developmental and Educational Psychology
Social Psychology

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