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
Check, E. (2002). Call for cloning ban splits UN. Nature, 416(6876), 3.
A journal article with 2 authors
Rolff, J., & Siva-Jothy, M. T. (2003). Invertebrate ecological immunology. Science (New York, N.Y.), 301(5632), 472–475.
A journal article with 3 authors
Goldreich, P., Lithwick, Y., & Sari, R. (2002). Formation of Kuiper-belt binaries by dynamical friction and three-body encounters. Nature, 420(6916), 643–646.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Ogawa, H., Amagai, Y., Koike, I., Kaiser, K., & Benner, R. (2001). Production of refractory dissolved organic matter by bacteria. Science (New York, N.Y.), 292(5518), 917–920.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ciana, P. (2011). New Frontiers in Technical Analysis. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Jiang, H., Ding, W., Ali, M., & Wu, X. (Eds.). (2012). Advanced Research in Applied Artificial Intelligence: 25th International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Other Applications of Applied Intelligent Systems, IEA/AIE 2012, Dalian, China, June 9-12, 2012. Proceedings (Vol. 7345). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Mayaux, P., Eva, H., Brink, A., Achard, F., & Belward, A. (2008). Remote Sensing of Land-Cover and Land-Use Dynamics. In E. Chuvieco (Ed.), Earth Observation of Global Change: The Role of Satellite Remote Sensing in Monitoring the Global Environment (pp. 85–108). 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
Fang, J. (2014, August 13). Rare Blurring Of Black Hole Light Observed. 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. (2002). Pipeline Safety: Status of Improving Oversight of the Pipeline Industry (GAO-02-517T). 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
Golf, F. (2012). Search for New Physics in a Final State with Same-Sign Dileptons, Jets, and Missing Transverse Energy at 7 TeV Center of Mass Energy [Doctoral dissertation]. University of California San Diego.

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
Pilon, M. (2012, June 28). Catching a Running Partner at the Trials,With a Chance to Pass. New York Times, B11.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Check, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Check, 2002; Rolff & Siva-Jothy, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Rolff & Siva-Jothy, 2003)
  • Three authors: (Goldreich et al., 2002)
  • 6 or more authors: (Ogawa 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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