How to format your references using the Counselling Psychology Quarterly citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Counselling Psychology Quarterly. 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
Bianchi, D. W. (2015). Pregnancy: Prepare for unexpected prenatal test results. Nature, 522(7554), 29–30.
A journal article with 2 authors
Steinman, R. M., & Mellman, I. (2004). Immunotherapy: bewitched, bothered, and bewildered no more. Science (New York, N.Y.), 305(5681), 197–200.
A journal article with 3 authors
Jalili, R., Razal, J. M., & Wallace, G. G. (2013). Wet-spinning of PEDOT:PSS/functionalized-SWNTs composite: a facile route toward production of strong and highly conducting multifunctional fibers. Scientific Reports, 3, 3438.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
He, K., Marsland, R., III, Upadhyayula, S., Song, E., Dang, S., Capraro, B. R., Wang, W., Skillern, W., Gaudin, R., Ma, M., & Kirchhausen, T. (2017). Dynamics of phosphoinositide conversion in clathrin-mediated endocytic traffic. Nature, 552(7685), 410–414.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Blanchet, G., & Charbit, M. (2015). Digital Signal and Image Processing Using MATLAB®. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Perner, P. (Ed.). (2005). Advances in Data Mining: Applications in Image Mining, Medicine and Biotechnology, Management and Environmental Control, and Telecommunications; 4th Industrial Conference on Data Mining, ICDM 2004, Leipzig, Germany, July 4 -7, 2004, Revised Selected Papers (Vol. 3275). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Hong, Y. (2016). Gender Inequality and Ethnicity. In J. C.-K. Lee, Z. Yu, X. Huang, & E. H.-F. Law (Eds.), Educational Development in Western China: Towards Quality and Equity (pp. 77–96). SensePublishers.

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 Counselling Psychology Quarterly.

Blog post
O`Callaghan, J. (2015, October 29). Scientists Make “Surprising” Discovery On Comet 67P. IFLScience; IFLScience.


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. (1991). Better DOE Controls Needed Over Contractors’ Discretionary R&D Funds (T-RCED-91-25). 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
Gimbel, S. I. (2010). Imaging frontal and medial temporal lobe interaction during memory retrieval and disentangling the effects of the default network [Doctoral dissertation]. University of California San Diego.

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
Wines, M. (2017, May 31). In Search of the Right Type of Juror, When a Police Officer Is on Trial. New York Times, A16.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bianchi, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Bianchi, 2015; Steinman & Mellman, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Steinman & Mellman, 2004)
  • Three authors: (Jalili et al., 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (He et al., 2017)

About the journal

Full journal titleCounselling Psychology Quarterly
AbbreviationCouns. Psychol. Q.
ISSN (print)0951-5070
ISSN (online)1469-3674
ScopePsychiatry and Mental health
Applied Psychology
Clinical Psychology

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