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
Kitano, H. (2002). Computational systems biology. Nature, 420(6912), 206–210.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kosaka, Y., & Xie, S.-P. (2013). Recent global-warming hiatus tied to equatorial Pacific surface cooling. Nature, 501(7467), 403–407.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wilson, A. M., Watson, J. C., & Lichtwark, G. A. (2003). Biomechanics: A catapult action for rapid limb protraction. Nature, 421(6918), 35–36.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Dumont, S., Cheng, W., Serebrov, V., Beran, R. K., Tinoco, I., Jr, Pyle, A. M., & Bustamante, C. (2006). RNA translocation and unwinding mechanism of HCV NS3 helicase and its coordination by ATP. Nature, 439(7072), 105–108.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gutiérrez, Í., Meléndez, J., & Hernández, E. (2007). Design and Characterization of Integrated Varactors for RF Applications. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Elmoataz, A., Lezoray, O., Nouboud, F., Mammass, D., & Meunier, J. (Eds.). (2010). Image and Signal Processing: 4th International Conference, ICISP 2010, Trois-Rivières, QC, Canada, June 30-July 2, 2010. Proceedings (Vol. 6134). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Strizhov, M., & Ray, I. (2014). Multi-keyword Similarity Search over Encrypted Cloud Data. In N. Cuppens-Boulahia, F. Cuppens, S. Jajodia, A. Abou El Kalam, & T. Sans (Eds.), ICT Systems Security and Privacy Protection: 29th IFIP TC 11 International Conference, SEC 2014, Marrakech, Morocco, June 2-4, 2014. Proceedings (pp. 52–65). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

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
Andrew, E. (2015, March 9). Genetically Modified Immune Cells Control HIV Long-Term. IFLScience. IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/genetically-modified-immune-cells-control-hiv-long-term/. Accessed 30 October 2018

Reports

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. (1976). The Legislative Focus on Federal ADP Procurement and GAO’s Role (No. 100061). 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
Boyer, G. C. (2012). Best Practices for Student Success on the ACT (Doctoral dissertation). Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO.

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
Vecsey, G. (2010, July 4). For Once, Soccer Gods Smile on Spanish. New York Times, p. SP6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kitano 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Kitano 2002; Kosaka and Xie 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Kosaka and Xie 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Dumont et al. 2006)

About the journal

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