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
Clark, R. N. (2009). Detection of adsorbed water and hydroxyl on the Moon. Science (New York, N.Y.), 326(5952), 562–564.
A journal article with 2 authors
Roberts, D. L., & Solow, A. R. (2003). Flightless birds: when did the dodo become extinct? Nature, 426(6964), 245.
A journal article with 3 authors
Royden, L. H., Burchfiel, B. C., & van der Hilst, R. D. (2008). The geological evolution of the Tibetan Plateau. Science (New York, N.Y.), 321(5892), 1054–1058.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Mitchell, D. G., Brandt, P. C., Roelof, E. C., Dandouras, J., Krimigis, S. M., & Mauk, B. H. (2005). Energetic neutral atom emissions from Titan interaction with Saturn’s magnetosphere. Science (New York, N.Y.), 308(5724), 989–992.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hoschette, J. A. (2010). The Engineer’s Career Guide. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Hale, B. (2010). The Age of Supported Independence: Voices of In-home Care (P. Barrett & R. Gauld, Eds.). Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Epstein, B. (2014). How Many Kinds of Glue Hold the Social World Together? In M. Gallotti & J. Michael (Eds.), Perspectives on Social Ontology and Social Cognition (pp. 41–55). 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 Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice.

Blog post
Andrews, R. (2016, May 3). Can These “Walking Trees” REALLY Move Up To 20 Meters Per Year? 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. (2014). Maritime Critical Infrastructure Protection: DHS Needs to Better Address Port Cybersecurity (GAO-14-459). 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
Huang, J. (2013). Multispectral Imaging of Skin Oxygenation [Doctoral dissertation]. Ohio 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
Stellin, S. (2017, September 18). If Your Flight’s On-Time Ranking Seemed Too High, It Probably Was. New York Times, B5.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Clark, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Clark, 2009; Roberts & Solow, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Roberts & Solow, 2003)
  • Three authors: (Royden et al., 2008)
  • 6 or more authors: (Mitchell 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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