How to format your references using the Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research. 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
Zurek, W. H. (2001). Sub-Planck structure in phase space and its relevance for quantum decoherence. Nature, 412(6848), 712–717.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ebert, D. H., & Greenberg, M. E. (2013). Activity-dependent neuronal signalling and autism spectrum disorder. Nature, 493(7432), 327–337.
A journal article with 3 authors
Del Bene, F., Tessmar-Raible, K., & Wittbrodt, J. (2004). Direct interaction of geminin and Six3 in eye development. Nature, 427(6976), 745–749.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Flavell, S. W., Cowan, C. W., Kim, T.-K., Greer, P. L., Lin, Y., Paradis, S., Griffith, E. C., Hu, L. S., Chen, C., & Greenberg, M. E. (2006). Activity-dependent regulation of MEF2 transcription factors suppresses excitatory synapse number. Science (New York, N.Y.), 311(5763), 1008–1012.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Atkin, N., Biddiss, M., & Tallett, F. (2011). The Wiley-Blackwell Dictionary of Modern European History Since 1789. Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Gellert, U., Giménez Rodríguez, J., Hahn, C., & Kafoussi, S. (Eds.). (2015). Educational Paths to Mathematics: A C.I.E.A.E.M. Sourcebook. Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Contucci, P., Giardinà, C., & Nishimori, H. (2009). Spin Glass Identities and the Nishimori Line. In A. B. de Monvel & A. Bovier (Eds.), Spin Glasses: Statics and Dynamics: Summer School, Paris 2007 (pp. 103–121). Birkhäuser.

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 Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research.

Blog post
Carpineti, A. (2015, November 11). Mercury Is Being Bombarded With Meteors. 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. (1998). Environmental Protection: EPA’s Science and Technology Funds (RCED-99-12). 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
Brookman, D. (2009). Establishing context for referents in online chatroom conversations [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
Mueller, B., Remnick, N., & Baker, A. L. (2017, May 15). Blood Spilled in South Bronx As National Gang Colors Blur. New York Times, A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Zurek, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Ebert & Greenberg, 2013; Zurek, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Ebert & Greenberg, 2013)
  • Three authors: (Del Bene et al., 2004)
  • 6 or more authors: (Flavell et al., 2006)

About the journal

Full journal titleConsulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research
AbbreviationConsult. Psychol. J.
ISSN (print)1065-9293
ISSN (online)1939-0149

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