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
Hellemans, A. (2002). Getting into good company. Nature, 416(6883), 5.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kelley, K. A., & Cottrell, E. (2009). Water and the oxidation state of subduction zone magmas. Science (New York, N.Y.), 325(5940), 605–607.
A journal article with 3 authors
van den Heuvel, M. G. L., de Graaff, M. P., & Dekker, C. (2006). Molecular sorting by electrical steering of microtubules in kinesin-coated channels. Science (New York, N.Y.), 312(5775), 910–914.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Xia, X., Chen, W., Li, J., Chen, X., Rui, R., Liu, C., Sun, Y., Liu, L., Gong, J., & Yuan, P. (2014). Body mass index and risk of breast cancer: a nonlinear dose-response meta-analysis of prospective studies. Scientific Reports, 4, 7480.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
MacIsaac, B., & Langton, R. (2011). Gas Turbine Propulsion Systems. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Pass, H. I., Vogelzang, N. J., & Carbone, M. (Eds.). (2005). Malignant Mesothelioma: Advances in Pathogenesis, Diagnosis, and Translational Therapies. Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Burigana, C., Capozziello, S., Chiosi, C., D’Onofrio, M., Longair, M., Mannheim, P., Marziani, P., Milgrom, M., Olive, K., Padmanabhan, T., Peacock, J., Perrotta, F., Pigatto, L., Rebolo, R., Secco, L., Sulentic, J. W., t’Hooft, G., & White, S. D. M. (2009). From Galileo to Modern Cosmology: Alternative Paradigms and Science Boundary Conditions. In M. D’Onofrio & C. Burigana (Eds.), Questions of Modern Cosmology: Galileo’s Legacy (pp. 301–428). 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 Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, November 9). Greener But Not Cleaner? How Trees Can Worsen Urban Air Pollution. 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. (1990). Preliminary Information on the Federal Government’s Response to Recent Natural Disasters (T-RCED-90-75). 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
Wheeler, J. A. (2012). The Scaling of High Harmonics with Mid-Infrared Driving Fields and a Method for the Spatial Isolation of Individual Subfemtosecond Pulses [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
Protess, B. (2017, January 31). G.O.P.’s Paths to Unraveling Wall Street Rules From Obama Era. New York Times, A19.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hellemans, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Hellemans, 2002; Kelley & Cottrell, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Kelley & Cottrell, 2009)
  • Three authors: (van den Heuvel et al., 2006)
  • 6 or more authors: (Xia et al., 2014)

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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