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
Hall, K. B. (2014). Molecular biology: Protein binding cannot subdue a lively RNA. Nature, 506(7488), 303–304.
A journal article with 2 authors
Van de Walle, C. G., & Neugebauer, J. (2003). Universal alignment of hydrogen levels in semiconductors, insulators and solutions. Nature, 423(6940), 626–628.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hinde, C. A., Johnstone, R. A., & Kilner, R. M. (2010). Parent-offspring conflict and coadaptation. Science (New York, N.Y.), 327(5971), 1373–1376.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Quintana, F. J., Basso, A. S., Iglesias, A. H., Korn, T., Farez, M. F., Bettelli, E., et al. (2008). Control of T(reg) and T(H)17 cell differentiation by the aryl hydrocarbon receptor. Nature, 453(7191), 65–71.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Dixon, B., & Uddameri, V. (2015). GIS and Geocomputation for Water Resource Science and Engineering. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Mihelj, M. (2012). Haptics for Virtual Reality and Teleoperation. (J. Podobnik, Ed.) (Vol. 64). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Durand, G., Belacel, N., & Goutte, C. (2015). Evaluation of Expert-Based Q-Matrices Predictive Quality in Matrix Factorization Models. In G. Conole, T. Klobučar, C. Rensing, J. Konert, & E. Lavoué (Eds.), Design for Teaching and Learning in a Networked World: 10th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2015, Toledo, Spain, September 15-18, 2015, Proceedings (pp. 56–69). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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
Evans, K. (2016, September 1). First Pan-African Elephant Census Reveals Dramatic Decline Due To Poaching. 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). Federal Research: Information on the Government’s Right to Assert Ownership Control over Federally Funded Inventions (No. GAO-09-742). 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
Griffith, A. (2017). The Curious Case of Implementation: Enactment of the California Community College Student Equity Initiative (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Shear, M. D., & Landler, M. (2017, May 24). Trump Expected to Back NATO Mutual Aid Pledge. New York Times, p. A9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hall 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Hall 2014; Van de Walle and Neugebauer 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Van de Walle and Neugebauer 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Quintana et al. 2008)

About the journal

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

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