How to format your references using the Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice. 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
Jacobs, M. (2015). A career is like a love affair. Science (New York, N.Y.), 348(6230), 150.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bennett, C. H., & Shor, P. W. (2004). Computers and mathematics. Quantum channel capacities. Science (New York, N.Y.), 303(5665), 1784–1787.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yamashiro, H., Isomura, N., & Sakai, K. (2014). Bloom of the cyanobacterium Moorea bouillonii on the gorgonian coral Annella reticulata in Japan. Scientific Reports, 4, 6032.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Kohfeld, K. E., Le Quéré, C., Harrison, S. P., & Anderson, R. F. (2005). Role of marine biology in glacial-interglacial CO2 cycles. Science (New York, N.Y.), 308(5718), 74–78.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bullock, J. (2017). Wireshark® for Security Professionals. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Berkowitz, S. (Ed.). (2013). Cleft Lip and Palate: Diagnosis and Management (3rd ed. 2013). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Stanley, J. (2016). A Future Not So Golden: Liberalization, Mechanization and Conflict in Arni’s Gold Ornaments Cluster. In B. Harriss-White (Ed.), Middle India and Urban-Rural Development: Four Decades of Change (pp. 131–150). Springer India.

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 Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice.

Blog post
Andrew, D. (2016, September 29). Ig Nobel Prize Winner: Why I Lived Like A Badger, An Otter, A Deer And A Swift. 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. (1981). Review of Yolo County, California, Economic Opportunity Commission Concerning Matters Affecting Local Poverty Programs (HRD-81-110). 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
Pappenfus, B. J. (2013). How frequency of change within organizations affects burnout of human resource professionals [Doctoral dissertation]. Capella 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
Walsh, M. W. (2016, February 16). Steps Toward Settling Puerto Rico’s Debt. New York Times, B3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Jacobs, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Bennett & Shor, 2004; Jacobs, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Bennett & Shor, 2004)
  • Three authors: (Yamashiro et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Kohfeld et al., 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleCouple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice
AbbreviationCouple Family Psychol.
ISSN (print)2160-4096
ISSN (online)2160-410X

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