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
Pasquinelli, A. E. (2010). Molecular biology. Paring miRNAs through pairing. Science (New York, N.Y.), 328(5985), 1494–1495.
A journal article with 2 authors
Abanin, D. A., & Levitov, L. S. (2007). Quantized Transport in Graphene p-n Junctions in a Magnetic Field. Science (New York, N.Y.), 317(5838), 641–643.
A journal article with 3 authors
He, D. Z. Z., Jia, S., & Dallos, P. (2004). Mechanoelectrical transduction of adult outer hair cells studied in a gerbil hemicochlea. Nature, 429(6993), 766–770.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Huang, M., Zhang, Y., Li, F., Wang, Z., Alamusi, Hu, N., Wen, Z., & Liu, Q. (2014). Merging of Kirkendall growth and Ostwald ripening: CuO@MnO2 core-shell architectures for asymmetric supercapacitors. Scientific Reports, 4, 4518.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Scheer, J. (2010). Failed Bridges. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Shi, Y., Wang, S., Kou, G., & Wallenius, J. (Eds.). (2011). New State of MCDM in the 21st Century: Selected Papers of the 20th International Conference on Multiple Criteria Decision Making 2009 (Vol. 648). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Dabringer, C., & Eder, J. (2016). Towards Adaptive Distributed Top-k Query Processing. In M. Ivanović, B. Thalheim, B. Catania, K.-D. Schewe, M. Kirikova, P. Šaloun, A. Dahanayake, T. Cerquitelli, E. Baralis, & P. Michiardi (Eds.), New Trends in Databases and Information Systems: ADBIS 2016 Short Papers and Workshops, BigDap, DCSA, DC, Prague, Czech Republic, August 28-31, 2016, Proceedings (pp. 37–44). 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 Counselling Psychology Quarterly.

Blog post
Carpineti, A. (2016, November 14). Massive Stars Form Just like Smaller Stars, But With Extra Bangs. 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. (2000). Executive Office of the President: Analysis of EOP’s 1999 Information Technology Architecture Update and Capital Investment Plan Report (AIMD-00-63R). 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
Pahuja, S. (2013). Bandwidth feedback effects on retained movements in young and old adults [Doctoral dissertation]. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Sisario, B. (2016, October 4). Shawn Mendes, at 18, Scores Second No. 1. New York Times, C3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Pasquinelli, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Abanin & Levitov, 2007; Pasquinelli, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Abanin & Levitov, 2007)
  • Three authors: (He et al., 2004)
  • 6 or more authors: (Huang et al., 2014)

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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