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
Konner, M. (2002). Seeking universals. Nature, 415(6868), 121.
A journal article with 2 authors
Tsuda, A., & Osuka, A. (2001). Fully conjugated porphyrin tapes with electronic absorption bands that reach into infrared. Science (New York, N.Y.), 293(5527), 79–82.
A journal article with 3 authors
Delhase, M., Li, N., & Karin, M. (2000). Kinase regulation in inflammatory response. Nature, 406(6794), 367–368.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Lastapis, M., Martin, M., Riedel, D., Hellner, L., Comtet, G., & Dujardin, G. (2005). Picometer-scale electronic control of molecular dynamics inside a single molecule. Science (New York, N.Y.), 308(5724), 1000–1003.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Singer, B., & Fedorinchik, G. (2009). Investment Leadership and Portfolio Management. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Heilmann, C. (2007). Web Development Solutions: Ajax, APIs, Libraries, and Hosted Services Made Easy. (M. N. Francis, Ed.). Berkeley, CA: Apress.
A chapter in an edited book
Ferraro, R. (2007). Transformation of the Electromagnetic Field. In R. Ferraro (Ed.), Einstein’s Space-Time: An Introduction to Special and General Relativity (pp. 117–134). New York, NY: 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
Hamilton, K. (2016, December 20). Nine Weird And Wonderful Facts About Death And Funeral Practices. 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. (1972). Cost Information on the Desegregation of the School Systems in Mobile County and Wilcox County, Alabama (No. B-164031(1)). 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
Tofthagen, C. S. (2008). Development and psychometric evaluation of the Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy Assessment Tool (Doctoral dissertation). University of South Florida, Tampa, 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
Vecsey, G. (2010, January 14). Waiting To Discover If Water Still Flows. New York Times, p. B17.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Konner 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Konner 2002; Tsuda and Osuka 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Tsuda and Osuka 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Lastapis et al. 2005)

About the journal

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

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