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
Tatar, M. (2005). Comment on “Long-lived Drosophila with overexpressed dFOXO in adult fat body.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 307(5710), 675; author reply 675.
A journal article with 2 authors
Cardoso da Silva, J. M., & Tabarelli, M. (2000). Tree species impoverishment and the future flora of the Atlantic forest of northeast Brazil. Nature, 404(6773), 72–74.
A journal article with 3 authors
Milly, P. C. D., Dunne, K. A., & Vecchia, A. V. (2005). Global pattern of trends in streamflow and water availability in a changing climate. Nature, 438(7066), 347–350.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
House, M. A., Gurnis, M., Kamp, P. J. J., & Sutherland, R. (2002). Uplift in the Fiordland region, New Zealand: implications for incipient subduction. Science (New York, N.Y.), 297(5589), 2038–2041.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Brown, T., Andrews, G. J., Cummins, S., Greenhough, B., Lewis, D., & Power, A. (2017). Health Geographies. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
McLaurin, B. T. (2012). Reconstructing Human-Landscape Interactions - Volume 1: Interpreting Desert and Fluvial Environments (A. C. Elliott & N. Torres, Eds.). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Cartmell, D. (2016). Marketing Shakespeare Films: From Tragedy to Biopic. In D. Shellard & S. Keenan (Eds.), Shakespeare’s Cultural Capital: His Economic Impact from the Sixteenth to the Twenty-first Century (pp. 57–76). Palgrave Macmillan UK.

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
Evans, K. (2016, July 15). 26 Time-Management Tricks I Wish I’d Known At 20. 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. (2007). Aviation Security: Federal Efforts to Secure U.S.-Bound Air Cargo Are in the Early Stages and Could Be Strengthened (GAO-07-660). 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
Lim, K. (2017). An Inquiry of How Art Education Policies are Reflected in Art Teacher Preparation: Examining the Standards for Visual Arts and Art Teacher Certification [Doctoral dissertation]. Indiana 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
Koblin, J., & Steel, E. (2017, August 3). HBO Assesses Cyberattack Damage. New York Times, B6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Tatar, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Cardoso da Silva & Tabarelli, 2000; Tatar, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Cardoso da Silva & Tabarelli, 2000)
  • Three authors: (Milly et al., 2005)
  • 6 or more authors: (House et al., 2002)

About the journal

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

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