How to format your references using the Contemporary Educational Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Contemporary Educational 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.
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
Smaglik, P. (2002). Empire building: Vienna. Nature, 416(6881), 4–5.
A journal article with 2 authors
Tinel, A., & Tschopp, J. (2004). The PIDDosome, a protein complex implicated in activation of caspase-2 in response to genotoxic stress. Science (New York, N.Y.), 304(5672), 843–846.
A journal article with 3 authors
Saitou, M., Barton, S. C., & Surani, M. A. (2002). A molecular programme for the specification of germ cell fate in mice. Nature, 418(6895), 293–300.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Mohamed, B. M., Movia, D., Knyazev, A., Langevin, D., Davies, A. M., Prina-Mello, A., & Volkov, Y. (2013). Citrullination as early-stage indicator of cell response to single-walled carbon nanotubes. Scientific Reports, 3, 1124.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Burger, M., Graeber, B., & Schindlmayr, G. (2014). Managing Energy Risk. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Neustein, A., & Markowitz, J. A. (Eds.). (2013). Mobile Speech and Advanced Natural Language Solutions. New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Polat, A. (2014). A Review of the Geodynamic Significance of Hornblende-Bearing Ultramafic Rocks in the Mesoarchean Fiskenæsset Complex, SW Greenland. In Y. Dilek & H. Furnes (Eds.), Evolution of Archean Crust and Early Life (pp. 127–147). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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 Contemporary Educational Psychology.

Blog post
Andrew, D. (2015, July 6). This is not Yellow. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (1987). FAA’s Air Traffic Controller Staffing Standards (No. T-RCED-88-8). Washington, DC: 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
Lauper, A. R. (2009). Effects of leadership training and networking opportunities on professional advancement: A quantitative study (Doctoral dissertation). University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ.

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
Wyndham, S. (2017, September 4). The Circles of Hellhaus. New York Times, p. BR19.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Smaglik, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Smaglik, 2002; Tinel & Tschopp, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Tinel & Tschopp, 2004)
  • Three authors: (Saitou, Barton, & Surani, 2002)
  • 6 or more authors: (Mohamed et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleContemporary Educational Psychology
AbbreviationContemp. Educ. Psychol.
ISSN (print)0361-476X
ScopeDevelopmental and Educational Psychology

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