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
Rachman, S. (2013). Cleaning damned spots from the obsessive mind. Nature, 503(7474), 7.
A journal article with 2 authors
Droser, M. L., & Gehling, J. G. (2008). Synchronous aggregate growth in an abundant new Ediacaran tubular organism. Science (New York, N.Y.), 319(5870), 1660–1662.
A journal article with 3 authors
Jing, J., Bishop, C. A., & Wu, L.-A. (2014). Nonperturbative dynamical decoupling with random control. Scientific reports, 4, 6229.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Li, M., Indra, A. K., Warot, X., Brocard, J., Messaddeq, N., Kato, S., et al. (2000). Skin abnormalities generated by temporally controlled RXRalpha mutations in mouse epidermis. Nature, 407(6804), 633–636.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Mysak, J. (2011). Encyclopedia of Municipal Bonds. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Bertolotto, M. (Ed.). (2008). Color Doppler US of the Penis. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Hsu, C.-L., Lin, Y.-L., Wu, T.-C., & Su, C.-H. (2010). Threshold Convertible Authenticated Encryption Scheme for Hierarchical Organizations. In T.-H. Kim, A. C.-C. Chang, M. Li, C. Rong, C. Z. Patrikakis, & D. Ślęzak (Eds.), Communication and Networking: International Conference, FGCN 2010, Held as Part of the Future Generation Information Technology Conference, FGIT 2010, Jeju Island, Korea, December 13-15, 2010. Proceedings, Part I (pp. 23–36). 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, October 30). Why Meat Is Important In The Global Battle Against Food Insecurity. 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. (2009). Public Transportation: New Starts Program Challenges and Preliminary Observations on Expediting Project Development (No. GAO-09-763T). 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
Bailey, C. N. (2015). The influence of gardens on resilience in older adults living in a continuing care community (Doctoral dissertation). Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL.

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, April 16). Mets’ Leadoff Hitter Technically Is Not Missing, but His Bat Has Vanished. New York Times, p. SP3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Rachman 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Droser and Gehling 2008; Rachman 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Droser and Gehling 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Li et al. 2000)

About the journal

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

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