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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Contemporary School 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Reich, P. B. (2010). Climate Change. The carbon dioxide exchange. Science (New York, N.Y.), 329(5993), 774–775.
A journal article with 2 authors
Karpicke, J. D., & Blunt, J. R. (2011). Retrieval practice produces more learning than elaborative studying with concept mapping. Science (New York, N.Y.), 331(6018), 772–775.
A journal article with 3 authors
Matthews, A. J., Singhruck, P., & Heywood, K. J. (2007). Deep ocean impact of a Madden-Julian oscillation observed by Argo floats. Science (New York, N.Y.), 318(5857), 1765–1769.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
He, J., Zhou, P., Jiao, N., Ma, S. Y., Zhang, K. W., Wang, R. Z., & Sun, L. Z. (2014). Magnetic exchange coupling and anisotropy of 3d transition metal nanowires on graphyne. Scientific reports, 4, 4014.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Alexander, M., & Walkenbach, J. (2010). Excel® Dashboards & Reports. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Publishing, Inc.
An edited book
Thangavel, P., & Sridevi, G. (Eds.). (2015). Environmental Sustainability: Role of Green Technologies. New Delhi: Springer India.
A chapter in an edited book
Catthoor, F., Raghavan, P., Lambrechts, A., Jayapala, M., Kritikakou, A., & Absar, J. (2010). Clustered L0 (Loop) Buffer Organization and Combination with Data Clusters. In P. Raghavan, A. Lambrechts, M. Jayapala, A. Kritikakou, & J. Absar (Eds.), Ultra-Low Energy Domain-Specific Instruction-Set Processors (pp. 115–141). 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 School Psychology.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2016, May 21). Researchers Identify “Redness” Gene In Birds. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 2018


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. (1992). Maritime Administration: Stronger Management Controls Needed Over Vessels in Title XI Custody (No. RCED-92-147). 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
Nguyen, H. M. (2009). Valuation effects and external adjustment (Doctoral dissertation). University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD.

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
Williams, J. (2017, July 19). Going After Big Prey. New York Times, p. BR6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Reich 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Karpicke and Blunt 2011; Reich 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Karpicke and Blunt 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (He et al. 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleContemporary School Psychology
AbbreviationContemp. Sch. Psychol.
ISSN (print)2159-2020
ISSN (online)2161-1505

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