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
Benderly, B. L. (2005). Not your father’s postdoc. Science (New York, N.Y.), 308(5722), 717–718.
A journal article with 2 authors
Smith, D. J., & Whitehouse, I. (2012). Intrinsic coupling of lagging-strand synthesis to chromatin assembly. Nature, 483(7390), 434–438.
A journal article with 3 authors
Deng, B., Zhang, R. Q., & Shi, X. Q. (2014). New insight into the spin-conserving excitation of the negatively charged nitrogen-vacancy center in diamond. Scientific Reports, 4, 5144.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Mabalirajan, U., Rehman, R., Ahmad, T., Kumar, S., Leishangthem, G. D., Singh, S., Dinda, A. K., Biswal, S., Agrawal, A., & Ghosh, B. (2013). 12/15-lipoxygenase expressed in non-epithelial cells causes airway epithelial injury in asthma. Scientific Reports, 3, 1540.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society. (2014). Energy Materials 2014. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Berendt, B., Hotho, A., Mladenic, D., & Semeraro, G. (Eds.). (2007). From Web to Social Web: Discovering and Deploying User and Content Profiles: Workshop on Web Mining, WebMine 2006, Berlin, Germany, September 18, 2006. Revised Selected and Invited Papers (Vol. 4737). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Krummenacher, H. (2006). Computer Assisted Early Warning – the FAST Example. In R. Trappl (Ed.), Programming for Peace: Computer-Aided Methods for International Conflict Resolution and Prevention (pp. 71–80). Springer Netherlands.

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
Andrew, E. (2015, August 4). How You Can Help Make A Movie About Bill Nye. 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. (2004). Information Technology: Early Releases of Customs Trade System Operating, but Pattern of Cost and Schedule Problems Needs to Be Addressed (GAO-04-719). 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
Klyce, L. R. (2008). Assessing parent-child agreement on an eating disorder symptom questionnaire [Doctoral dissertation]. Mississippi State University.

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
Witz, B., & Wagner, J. (2016, November 10). Shortening of Games Re-Enters G.M. Talks. New York Times, B11.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Benderly, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Benderly, 2005; Smith & Whitehouse, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Smith & Whitehouse, 2012)
  • Three authors: (Deng et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Mabalirajan et al., 2013)

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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