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
East, R. (2013). Microbiome: Soil science comes to life. Nature, 501(7468), S18-9.
A journal article with 2 authors
Su, F., & Xu, P. (2014). Genomic analysis of thermophilic Bacillus coagulans strains: efficient producers for platform bio-chemicals. Scientific Reports, 4, 3926.
A journal article with 3 authors
Xue, P., Qin, H., & Tang, B. (2014). Trapping photons on the line: controllable dynamics of a quantum walk. Scientific Reports, 4, 4825.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Barken, D., Wang, C. J., Kearns, J., Cheong, R., Hoffmann, A., & Levchenko, A. (2005). Comment on “Oscillations in NF-kappaB signaling control the dynamics of gene expression.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 308(5718), 52; author reply 52.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Cooke, R. (2005). The History of Mathematics. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Hüfner, S. (Ed.). (2007). Very High Resolution Photoelectron Spectroscopy (Vol. 715). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Haag, R. (2014). Quantum Events and Irreversibility. In S. Albeverio & P. Blanchard (Eds.), Direction of Time (pp. 31–34). 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, January 21). The Very Useful Art Of Assessing A Supervolcano Without Making It Erupt. 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. (2004). Telecommunications: Issues Related to Federal Funding for Public Television by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (GAO-04-284). 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
Kurum, M. (2009). L-band estimation of forest canopy attenuation by a time-domain analysis of radar backscatter response [Doctoral dissertation]. George Washington 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
Branch, J., & Weiser, B. (2014, September 10). Ex-Player Charged in Sale of Pills to Boogaard. New York Times, B9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (East, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (East, 2013; Su & Xu, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Su & Xu, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Xue et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Barken et al., 2005)

About the journal

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

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