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
Atkinson, Q. D. (2011). Phonemic diversity supports a serial founder effect model of language expansion from Africa. Science (New York, N.Y.), 332(6027), 346–349.
A journal article with 2 authors
Pullum, G. K., & Scholz, B. C. (2001). More than words. Nature, 413(6854), 367.
A journal article with 3 authors
Booth, L. N., Tuch, B. B., & Johnson, A. D. (2010). Intercalation of a new tier of transcription regulation into an ancient circuit. Nature, 468(7326), 959–963.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Kanzok, S. M., Fechner, A., Bauer, H., Ulschmid, J. K., Müller, H. M., Botella-Munoz, J., Schneuwly, S., Schirmer, R., & Becker, K. (2001). Substitution of the thioredoxin system for glutathione reductase in Drosophila melanogaster. Science (New York, N.Y.), 291(5504), 643–646.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Banerjee, S., & Lawrence, V. (2010). Managing Dementia in a Multicultural Society. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Misra, A. A. (2015). Tectonic Inheritance in Continental Rifts and Passive Margins (S. Mukherjee, Ed.). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Hernández-Salmerón, M., & Romero-Ávila, D. (2015). Empirical Results. In D. Romero-Ávila (Ed.), Convergence in Output and Its Sources Among Industrialised Countries: A Cross-Country Time-Series Perspective (pp. 25–44). Springer International Publishing.

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, E. (2015, February 2). Sorry, Climate Change Deniers: Warming Not “Paused” and Modeling Not Flawed. 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. (2010). National Transportation Safety Board: Issues Related to the 2010 Reauthorization (GAO-10-366T). 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
Doss, A. (2015). Trapped within the white gaze: A DuBoisian approach to understanding the existential burden of being a black man in America [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
Wagner, J. (2017, October 27). Houston’s Bregman Works on Hitting, Fielding and Spanish. New York Times, SP2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Atkinson, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Atkinson, 2011; Pullum & Scholz, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Pullum & Scholz, 2001)
  • Three authors: (Booth et al., 2010)
  • 6 or more authors: (Kanzok et al., 2001)

About the journal

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

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