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
Gangopadhyay, S. S. (2013). Systemic administration of follistatin288 increases muscle mass and reduces fat accumulation in mice. Scientific Reports, 3, 2441.
A journal article with 2 authors
Beuther, H., & Schilke, P. (2004). Fragmentation in massive star formation. Science (New York, N.Y.), 303(5661), 1167–1169.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sessa, P., Meconi, F., & Han, S. (2014). Double dissociation of neural responses supporting perceptual and cognitive components of social cognition: evidence from processing of others’ pain. Scientific Reports, 4, 7424.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Hanaguri, T., Kohsaka, Y., Ono, M., Maltseva, M., Coleman, P., Yamada, I., … Takagi, H. (2009). Coherence factors in a high-tc cuprate probed by quasi-particle scattering off vortices. Science (New York, N.Y.), 323(5916), 923–926.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hogan, K. (2008). The Secret Language of Business. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Ohira, H. (Ed.). (2016). The Liver in Systemic Diseases. Tokyo: Springer Japan.
A chapter in an edited book
Rambaldi, A. N., Rao, D. S. P., & Ganegodage, K. R. (2010). Modelling Spatially Correlated Error Structures in the Time-Space Extrapolation of Purchasing Power Parities. In L. Biggeri & G. Ferrari (Eds.), Price Indexes in Time and Space: Methods and Practice (pp. 63–96). Heidelberg: Physica-Verlag HD.

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
Luntz, S. (2014, July 27). Grocery Store Powered By Food Waste. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (1990). NASA Maintenance: Stronger Commitment Needed to Curb Facility Deterioration (No. NSIAD-91-34). 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
Bustos, I. (2017). Backpacking Through My Suburban Barrio: Eco-Latina Diaries (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
Eligon, J., & Martin, J. (2017, April 12). Kansas Republican Survives Tight Congressional Race to Win House Seat. New York Times, p. A16.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gangopadhyay, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Beuther & Schilke, 2004; Gangopadhyay, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Beuther & Schilke, 2004)
  • Three authors: (Sessa, Meconi, & Han, 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Hanaguri et al., 2009)

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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