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
Hudson, T. (2011). Genome-sequencing anniversary. Genomics and clinical relevance. Science (New York, N.Y.), 331(6017), 547.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lubenov, E. V., & Siapas, A. G. (2009). Hippocampal theta oscillations are travelling waves. Nature, 459(7246), 534–539.
A journal article with 3 authors
Clayton, J. D., Kyriacou, C. P., & Reppert, S. M. (2001). Keeping time with the human genome. Nature, 409(6822), 829–831.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Kandada, A. R. S., Grancini, G., Petrozza, A., Perissinotto, S., Fazzi, D., Raavi, S. S. K., & Lanzani, G. (2013). Ultrafast energy transfer in ultrathin organic donor/acceptor blend. Scientific Reports, 3, 2073.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Alrifai, T. (2015). Islamic Finance and the New Financial System. John Wiley & Sons Singapore Pte. Ltd.
An edited book
Handa, H., Ishibuchi, H., Ong, Y.-S., & Tan, K.-C. (Eds.). (2015). Proceedings of the 18th Asia Pacific Symposium on Intelligent and Evolutionary Systems - Volume 2 (Vol. 2). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Zehnalová, Š., Horák, Z., & Kudelka, M. (2013). Image Search: A Story of One User Interface. In M. Kudělka, J. Pokorný, V. Snášel, & A. Abraham (Eds.), Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Intelligent Human Computer Interaction (IHCI 2011), Prague, Czech Republic, August, 2011 (pp. 39–49). Springer.

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
Taub, B. (2016, September 2). Dragonflies Hold Turf Wars For Control Of Elephants’ Footprints. 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. (1998). Year 2000 Computing Crisis: Federal Regulatory Efforts to Ensure Financial Institution Systems Are Year 2000 Compliant (T-AIMD-98-116). 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
Bible, P. W. (2013). Integrating Heterogeneous Datasets for Functional Profiling of Transcription Factors and Their Target Genes [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Louisiana.

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
Perabo, S. (2017, March 10). When Good Mothers Bully Back. New York Times, ST8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hudson, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Hudson, 2011; Lubenov & Siapas, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Lubenov & Siapas, 2009)
  • Three authors: (Clayton et al., 2001)
  • 6 or more authors: (Kandada 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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