How to format your references using the Educational Psychology Review citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Educational Psychology Review. 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
Roelfsema, P. R. (2002). Do neurons predict the future? Science (New York, N.Y.), 295(5553), 227.
A journal article with 2 authors
Fraser, P., & Bickmore, W. (2007). Nuclear organization of the genome and the potential for gene regulation. Nature, 447(7143), 413–417.
A journal article with 3 authors
Pasham, D. R., Strohmayer, T. E., & Mushotzky, R. F. (2014). A 400-solar-mass black hole in the galaxy M82. Nature, 513(7516), 74–76.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
MacMillan, C. D., Leong, H. S., Dales, D. W., Robertson, A. E., Lewis, J. D., Chambers, A. F., & Tuck, A. B. (2014). Stage of breast cancer progression influences cellular response to activation of the WNT/planar cell polarity pathway. Scientific reports, 4, 6315.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Morvillo, N. (2010). Science and Religion. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Epstein, I. (Ed.). (2015). The Whole World is Texting: Youth Protest in the Information Age. Rotterdam: SensePublishers.
A chapter in an edited book
Botero, M. (2014). How Primate Mothers and Infants Communicate: Characterizing Interaction in Mother–Infant Studies. In M. Pina & N. Gontier (Eds.), The Evolution of Social Communication in Primates: A Multidisciplinary Approach (pp. 83–99). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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 Educational Psychology Review.

Blog post
Davis, J. (2016, August 2). Bees Found To Be Living Just Meters From The Top Of An Active Volcano. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 2018


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. (2001). BIA and DOD Schools: Student Achievement and Other Characteristics Often Differ from Public Schools’ (No. GAO-01-934). 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
Pugh, A. N. (2010). Adoption is an option: A personal narrative (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
Shpigel, B. (2016, December 10). Don’t Let a Dallas Receiver’s Size Fool You. New York Times, p. SP1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Roelfsema 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Fraser and Bickmore 2007; Roelfsema 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Fraser and Bickmore 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (MacMillan et al. 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleEducational Psychology Review
AbbreviationEduc. Psychol. Rev.
ISSN (print)1040-726X
ISSN (online)1573-336X
ScopeDevelopmental and Educational Psychology

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